“Aggressively priced” Nexus TV to launch in the first half of next year, report says

by: Chris SmithDecember 6, 2013

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A new report says that Google will launch an Android-running Nexus TV set-top box at some point in the first half of 2014, with the device expected to be “aggressively priced.”

According to The Information, The Google Nexus TV would stream video from various sources including Netflix, Hulu and YouTube and sort-of act as a video games console as well. The Nexus TV could also come with a touchpad remote, although we would imagine that it would work with Android devices as well. At this time it’s not clear how everything would work, but it looks like the company has been showing the set-top box to developers as recently as this fall.

The Nexus TV rumor is not new, considering that in July a Wall Street Journal report revealed that the company has shown such a device during this year’s CES trade show in Las Vegas, with Andy Rubin reportedly in charge of private demonstrations. That device was also rumored to pack a motion sensor.

More recently, a report from GigaOM said that Google may be interested in reinventing its not-so-popular Google TV brand as Android TV, although that move is yet to be officially confirmed.

A Nexus TV would be the company’s third attempt at offering crowds an actual entertainment device including in the list the dead-on-arrival Nexus Q and the very popular Chromecast – Google has not launched a Google TV device of its own.

  • James Sarino

    I’m very interested to see how this one will differentiate itself from Apple TV, Roku, and their own Chromecast.

  • MasterMuffin

    Hopefully this won’t be another Nexus Q. Nexus Q looked nice though, they should use that design!

    • Shark Bait

      I hope not too! i suppose the nexus Q became chrome cast so i dont see that happening. This sounds like a counter move to the likes of the xbox. Maybe they could take on where the wii left off

      • MasterMuffin

        I don’t know what this will become, but it won’t come to my country anyways so :/

        • Shark Bait

          wheres that?

          • MasterMuffin

            Finland. BTW it was our intependence day yesterday (6.12) and I’m dissappointed that Google didn’t have anything about it in google.com or google.fi, Google just showed a birthday of some random guy

          • Shark Bait

            They are bloody odd birthdays right!
            Im from uk, and i get anoyed waiting a few months for things here so i feel you pain!
            Maybe google take the nokia thing out on the whole country lol

            Also independence from who?? the soviets?

          • MasterMuffin

            Few months pish posh, few years if you live in Finland :D And yes, 1917 we got away from the Soviets!

          • Shark Bait

            Wow I learnt something today. Go Finland !
            Are other companies better? What phone you using?

          • MasterMuffin

            #themoreyouknow (#annoyinghashtag #:PP)

            I use S3 with omni 4.4.1 and soon I’ll get a 32Gb Nexus 5 (which will never come to Finland so I’ll have to buy it from eBay!). What do you use?

          • Frederico Silva

            Got the 32GB N5 also, and I’m from Portugal, no Nexus devices here, too, sucks.. :/

          • Shark Bait

            I have nexus 5 from the play store. I nearly feel bad saying it now …

          • MasterMuffin

            Don’t feel bad :D

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Technically, there was no Soviet back in 1917, and you probably meant the Russian Empire :P

          • MasterMuffin

            Whatever :)

  • Shark Bait

    I think they shoud focus on chrome cast! it seems a much easier to use and navigate using a phone. Who doesnt have a smart phone these days anyway!

    • MasterMuffin

      About 6 billion people.


      • Shark Bait

        haha yeah. Let me say, what part of the potential market for a smart tv doesnt have a smart phone! I guess slightly less

        • NeedName

          The problem with tying your smartphone to a device is that you have to always use it with the device. What if the kids want to use it when I’m not there? I now have to get another smartphone just to act as a remote? The reality is, Chrome Cast’s functions can easily be added to any Android/Google TV, but not the other way around.

          • samster11

            I send content to my TV using Chrome cast then let my kids use the same device…it’s not a problem…

          • Shark Bait

            Yes good point , I had never thought of that. I suppose you could use a tablet….

          • NeedName

            the Chrome Cast is great for people who always have a device around, but throw in a family with kids and you can see how a centralized “home entertainment box” becomes more useful. Not to mention, if it has full Android you just add keyboard+mouse and you have a “good enough” computer for a large portion of consumers.

            I can see both types of devices being a big hit and really giving google an edge in the “smart TV” market.

          • Shark Bait

            I think they will crack it eventually. Its taking longer than I thought though. I think then need to stop trying to bodge in cable boxes and just focus on a good setup box that delivers channels over ip

  • fdsagsda

    it’s about time for a tv with a built-in min computer like a raspberry pi for apps/software updates.

    but somehow i feel that another us only product is coming…

  • samster11

    I wish someone could explain:

    – why Google isn’t allowed to get the ChromeCast launched internationally.

    – why Google can’t get the Gallery working on Chromecast

    After we got a man on the moon you’d think it would be simple….

    • abazigal

      Remember why the iPad mini launched as late as it did? It wasn’t because Apple couldn’t make one, it’s because Apple couldn’t make them in sufficient quantities to export to the whole world.

      I suspect Google simply doesn’t have the network and the distribution channels to make this commercially viable. They also may not be able to churn out enough devices to meet larger-scale demand. They are a software company first and foremost, and are still fairly new to selling hardware.

  • asdf

    I really hope its called Nexus 1 and its an all-in-one device(hence the name), that can serve as a smart tv, a game console and a personal computer :D

    • Guest

      wouldn’t be very original after the Xbox One. Also, wasn’t the first Nexus phone called Nexus One ?

  • Oli72

    Take my money.

  • tygrstyle

    They really need to get into producing the screens and entire TV, but in the meantime make deals with OEMs like they do with Nexus phones.. a Nexus branded TV running Android so they can just eliminate the set top box. I imagine this is what the next iteration of Apple TV will be, would be nice to see Google beat them to it.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    yet another dicice to have YouTube hulu and netfflix, big whoop.

  • KaoriCamellia

    I could get on board with a Nexus TV set-top, considering the TV in my bedroom doesn’t have a set-top connected to it anymore (it’s a glorified monitor + hooked to my console). Then again, I could also compare it with Chromecast…

  • Patrick Tierney

    Xbox 360, XBox One, PS3, PS4, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, smart TVs, …why would we ever need another device for playing Hulu, YouTube and Netflix on our televisions? Hopefully Google isn’t serious about this.

    • Bishop

      I agree. I really don’t get the appeal of Chromecast, or this Nexus TV or Itunes movies. The HD quality of movies offered through out these streaming services, aren’t very good. Blu-ray movies offer superior in video and audio department and they also include all these streaming services on the players…. Maybe in the future when internet speeds improve enough to offer a better HD experience, I may take this a bit more serious, but I can’t find any reason to buy a device like chromecast or appletv.

  • jdt1986

    I really hope this happens, a Nexus set top box with a built in full vanilla Android experience would be awesome. The Chromecast just doesn’t cut it for me, not enough functionality and can’t be used as a stand alone device. Maybe they could call this the Nexus Home (2014)?

  • Data

    I think they should stick to the ChromeCast form factor.

  • Mike – Construction Contractor

    I want a Google TV device that supports Flash.

    I’ve been using the Revue for years and love it. But it needs an update, more memory, and better Flash support. Trying to do anything on espn3.com is a challenge. Other sites are also very slow.

    Chromecast is ideal if you like switching between sources and enjoy YouTube. But most other video services do not support it.

  • This is interesting, but I hope the set top comes with more channel selections and allows Android mirroring. Maybe future editions will be able to turn into an Internet gaming console with wireless controllers (sold separably :)). The future is definitely in these devices.

    I’m surprised cable companies aren’t jumping on the InternetTV bandwagon — I guess they can’t see the money, so instead they try to keep their current subscribers paying $200+ per month for their bundled services. It’s a hard sale once you learn about InternetTV and with devices like Nexus TV its going to become even more difficult for cable companies.

  • Frank Bales

    Those of us suckered into the Google TV debacle should get one free.