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.
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