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.