Move over Apple TV, Android users have a new toy that they can claim as their own! The Nexus Q Streaming Media Player allows users to stream their favorite entertainment directly from the Google cloud right to their living room, using Google Play and YouTube apps on their Android phone or tablet. Android users can easily play all sorts of stuff from their phone right to their HDTV or home theater system without having to download anything or synch gadgets. They can choose songs from the Google Play Music app and it will instantly play on the Nexus Q, while having thousands of movies and TV shows available instantly, too!
It also has a state-of-the-art, audiophile-grade 25 Watt amplifier built in to it so users can easily hook up your speakers to it even use an optical or HDMI cable to connect it to their AV receiver or HDTV. Then once they’re all set and playing, they get to control the volume via their phone or tablet by turning the top half of Nexus Q. Just touch the top LED to mute the sound completely. And anyone in the room can use their Android phone or tablet to control what’s playing and add their own entertainment to the mix. But if users want sole control of what’s on, just turn off guest mode in their Nexus Q settings and it’s all you. Another cool feature is that the media player can connect multiple Nexus Qs to fill any house with sound by selecting any devices that you want to play on from within the Google Play apps or YouTube.
Not only does it make life easier for Android users, but looks good, too! It’s made using die-cast, precision machined zinc at the bottom that houses an injection-molded, interactive balanced top dome with precision bearing and satin touch coating. It weighs only 2 pounds and comes with 1GB LPDDR RAM and 16GB of NAND flash memory, while running on Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Requirements include a phone or tablet running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher with access to Google Play; Wi-Fi that requires 802.11a/b/g/n access point (router); and compatible speakers, AV system or HD TV. And even though it might look like competition for Google TV, it’s not and is considered as more of a social music player for the living room than anything else. Google TV is about accessing television and movie content from the likes of Netflix and HBO via Google’s Chrome browser. You can pre-order the Nexus Q now at Google Play for $299.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.