Google Nexus Player is Google’s equivalent of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and ROKU 3, which are devices the deliver media content from the Internet to your TV.
The Nexus Player is manufactured by Asus. It allows you to watch programmes and movies, play games and use apps on your TV. The Nexus Player console has Android installed into the device so runs as a standalone player connected to the TV.
The Nexus player comes with a remote control, which has a built in microphone similar to the Amazon Fire TV, allowing you to use voice search.
The Nexus Player also has a gamepad available for playing games. The gamepad does not come with the Nexus Player and has to be bought separately.
By the looks of the specifications below that Google have announced the Nexus Player does not come with a HDMI Cable.
The success of the Nexus Player will come down to the content availability, which will be determined by the number of dedicated apps. At the moment Google have announced a small range of apps, which includes YouTube and Netflix. Apart from these there is nothing that really catches the eye so far but I am sure more will emerge.
There will also need to be a good variety of dedicated games for the Nexus Player. So far no games have been announced
Google Nexus Player Specifications
|Chipset||1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™
Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
|Ports||18W DC power
HDMI out (1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz)
|Connectivity||802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
|Size||120mm x 120mm x 20mm|
|Remote||2 AAA batteries (included in box)
40g (excluding batteries)
37mm x 140mm x 16mm
- Nexus Player
- Remote with voice search
- Power adapter
- 2 AAA batteries
- Quick-start guide
- Warranty, Safety and Regulatory booklet
Requirements (What you need)
TV with HDMI input
HDMI cable with male Type A connector on each end
Internet connectivity (Wi-Fi only)
Google Nexus Player Release Date
The Google Nexus Player and Gamepad is available to pre-order in the USA in the Google Play Store. Shipment is expected on 3 November 2013. Release in other countries has not been announced. An announcement may follow after shipments of the product in the USA.
Google Nexus Player and Gamepad Price
The Google Nexus Player is available for pre-order from Google Play for $99 and the Gamepad is also available for pre-order from Google Play for $39 in USA.
Pricing for other countries has not been announced but expect it to be in the same region.