Google Nexus Q – the first social streaming media player, available for pre-order today for $299

June 27, 2012
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Google revealed today during the first day Google I/O keynote an intriguing device, that caught the entire blogosphere by surprise – the Nexus Q.

The Google Nexus Q is not a smartphone or a tablet, but rather a home media player shaped like an orb, and set to cost $299. The device, currently available in the US, will act as a liaison between your Android device and the consumer electronics in your house. You’ll be able to connect the Q to your TV or stereo, and play music or a movie straight from the device, while your smartphone will act as a remote control.

Underneath that alien exterior, the Nexus Q is actually a small Android computer, powered by Android 4.0 ICS. The device features a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, which is the same silicon found in the Galaxy Nexus, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. The Q can connect to the rest of your gadgets via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, HDMI or USB. The device will be able to power a pretty good set of speakers too, and has a built-in 25W amplifier.

You will be able to connect multiple Nexus Qs to a single Android device, meaning that you will be able to control all your gadgets at the same time. Moreover, multiple Android users can collaborate to create social playlists.

Check out the presentation videos:

Comments

  • AppleFUD

    Not so sure about this device. For $300 compared to Vizio’s latest Google TV? Seriously, what does it do extra? Social?

    I would expect it to be able to control multiple rooms but it sounds like it can’t, thus one for each area of your home you want to be able to utilize this technology instead of a home device that controls your home????? I think they missed a massive opportunity there — one device that, if you can wire into it with whatever from your home can then control it via apps — thermostat, tv, music, or anything else you could think of as long as you could wire into it via usb. Nexus Q, IMO, seems only half way to where it needs to be.

    This feels more like an upgraded apple TV. . . And why this when Google TV is around?

    Seems like a confused project, IMO. Unless I’m missing something.

    Furthermore, shouldn’t I be able to do all these things with my Android device? And wouldn’t it be even better if I could do them all with my Android device wirelessly?

    Seems like an expensive intermediary that really isn’t needed — a smartphone, tablet, smart-TV, and now Q?????? Let’s see if we can fit something else between our Android device(s) and peripherals, shall we?

    OK. . . rant over :)