Google has developed the Android-Based Nexus Player in collaboration with Asus. The Moutain View tech giant says the player is a set-top box to stream TV shows, music as well as play Android games.
It will be the first device to run Android TV which was unveiled in June this year at Google’s I/O conference.
The Nexus Player runs Android TV based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is a small sleek device measuring only 4.7 inches in diameter and 0.78 inches in thickness.
The Nexus Player is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor. Its graphics are in the safe hands of an Imagination PowerVR Series 6 graphics 2D/3D Engine. It boasts 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM.
For connectivity, the Nexus Player comes with and HDMI port so you will need a TV with HDMI input. It also has a USB 2.0 port, and supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies.
You can buy a gamepad separately for gaming. The device has a voice-activated remote for searching for media and for playing casual games using voice commands.
On its home screen, you will get personalized recommendation based on your preferences so you will not need to search manually. And Google Cast allows users to cast media of their choice to the TV from Mac, Chromebook, Android or iOS devices or Windows laptop or PC.
Users have the option to start a movie or a game on their TV and finish it on their smartphone or tablet because the device has the ability to sync content across Android devices.
Google’s partners for Nexus Player include Bloomberg TV, tunein, Netflix, TED, Pluto TV, Vevo, Food Networks, iHeartRadio, musixmatch, HGTV Watch, etc on top of its own Google Play Music, YouTube and Google Play Movies & TV.
The player will cost $99 while the Gamepad will cost $39. You can preorder the device from October 17 but it will be availed officially on November 3.