As well as finally lifting the lid on the Nexus 6 and 9, Google has just released a new home entertainment hub, the Nexus Player. The small console is designed to sit discretely alongside your home entertainment setup, offering access to your favourite TV shows and Android games.
The Nexus Player was designed in collaboration with ASUS and acts a streaming hub for music, movies, and other videos. Just hook it up to your TV via an HDMI cable and stream content over your home WiFi network. The entertainment hub is powered by Android L and makes use of the Android TV functions shown off at I/O earlier in the year, including a TV optimized Play Store interface, content based search functions, and a gaming platform.
The Nexus Player can also be used to cast your favourite entertainment apps directly from your Android or iOS device, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to the TV. Content also syncs across Android devices, so you can start a movie on your TV and finish it on your tablet in bed.
As for what’s in the box, here’s a breakdown of the Nexus Players’ hardware specs:
- 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage
- 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.1
- HDMI out (1920×1080 at 60fps)
- Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
- Weight: 235g
The Nexus Player console comes with a dedicated remote for selecting and skipping through your content. The remote is also voice activated, allowing you to make the most of Google’s search functions. For the gamers out there, a dedicated gamepad for the Nexus Player will be available for purchase separately.
The Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17th and will cost $99.