You know those speculations about the Asus Qube being the newest member of the Nexus family, coming to replace the failed orb-shaped Nexus Q? They were mostly wrong, but the rumors sparked by a FCC filing were on to something after all – Asus has just unveiled the Qube with Google TV, a set-top box that will bring Google’s services and apps right to your living room.
With its cubical build, the Asus Qube somehow resembles Boxee boxes, although Asus’ device has a markedly different industrial design. The gizmo will give users access to the latest version of Google TV, but Asus didn’t miss the chance to add its own touch to the UI. This touch is the Qube interface, which shows UI elements “via a rotating on-screen cube shape”. Users will be able to rotate the Qube interface using a motion-sensing remote control or using a smartphone or tablet running a companion app.
Asus offers Qube users 50GB of free storage on its proprietary WebStorage cloud service. The fact that Asus has modified the Google TV interface and bundled its own cloud storage service suggests that the Qube wasn’t intended as a Nexus-like device, as some rumors stated.
In the short press release that announced the Qube, Asus also mentioned that Qube buyers will get access to “100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video”. Of course, all the goodness of YouTube will be at your fingertips, along with many other apps and media stores.
We’ll bring you more details as we find them.
Qube with Google TV – Bring the world of entertainment to your TV
Instantly add Google TV to your HDTV with the ASUS Qube. Qube with Google TV offers both motion control and voice search that integrates Google Play, Chrome™, YouTube™in one compact device. With access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows* from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, plus numerous apps, videos and games from Google Play, ASUS Qubewith Google TV is the perfect media content device.
ASUS has developed the unique Qube interface, which displays functions via a rotating on-screen cube shape. The advanced remote control supports motion sensing for gaming and other applications. Customers can also control Qube with Google TV from their Android smartphones and tablets using the Mobile Remote app, available through Google Play. ASUS includes 50GB of WebStorage cloud space with every Qube with Google TV.