In less than an hour, Google I/O 2012 will start, and while we think we have a pretty good idea of what the Search giant is going to announce this week when it comes to new software and hardware, it seems that there may be an other Android gadget scheduled to be unveiled very soon that we didn't know about.
According to Droid-Life, in addition to the Google Nexus 7 tablet, Google may unveil a second Nexus-branded device at Google I/O called Google Nexus Q. The device is apparently “some sort of a media center or player” that can be used for phone, tablet, TV or home entertainment purposes. The Nexus Q supports Google Play Music, Google Play Movies and TV, and YouTube. The Nexus Q apparently comes with Wi-Fi and Ethernet support and in order to use it you’ll need a phone or a tablet that runs at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
We will remind you that Google was rumored more than once to be working on a home entertainment device, although we didn’t have any solid details on what this device will be able to offer nor did we get an official name.
A curious reader has found references to these two products, Google Nexus 7 and Google Nexus Q – and thus official confirmation that these are the names of the devices – in an addendum inside the Google Play store. Here’s what that addendum reads:
Nexus 7 Addendum
The following paragraphs only apply if you purchase a Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 has built-in Wi-Fi. You are solely responsible for obtaining internet connectivity through an internet service provider as the Nexus 7 does not support mobile connectivity.
In order to use the Nexus 7, you understand that you will need your own 802.11a/b/g/n access point Wi-Fi router.
The Nexus 7 is manufactured by ASUSTeK Computer Inc., whose principal place of business is at ASUSTeK Computer Inc., Nr. 15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei 112, Taiwan (“ASUS”).
ASUS provides a limited warranty for the Nexus 7. Please refer to the warranty card in the Nexus 7 package or ASUS for details on the ASUS limited warranty.
Nexus Q Addendum
The following paragraphs only apply if you purchase a Nexus Q.
You understand that the Nexus Q currently supports only Google Play Music; Google Play Movies and TV; and YouTube, and that your use of those services is subject to the Google Play Terms of Service.
The Nexus Q has built-in Wi-Fi and a built-in ethernet controller. You are solely responsible for obtaining internet connectivity through an internet service provider as the Nexus Q does not support mobile connectivity.
In order to use the Nexus Q, you understand that you will need your own: (i) phone or tablet running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher with access to Google Play; (ii) compatible speakers, AV system or HD TV; and (iii) 802.11a/b/g/n access point Wi-Fi router.
Google provides a limited warranty for the Nexus Q. Please visit this link for more information.
We’ll have more details about these two Android devices later today once Google makes them official.
[Update: It looks like the official Google Nexus 7 and Google Nexus Q images have been leaked via Google Play ahead of the first Google I/O keynote. We'll notice the Nexus Q is rather an accessory device than a standalone Android gadget, and you'll indeed need a smartphone and/or tablet to take advantage of its soon to be disclosed features.]