Google previously attempted to takeover the living room by releasing a product specifically designed to fit into our televisions, since then the Search giant has failed until today. Announced backed in June, the Nexus player is a set-top box co-develop with Asus and is powered by the latest Android TV software.
The Nexus Player is the first Android TV of its kind features a beautiful user interface and is able to stream numerous media contents including movies, TV shows and music via a powerful Wi-Fi 802.11ac which is now becoming a standard in Wi-Fi interfaces. It also plays Android apps with Android games as one of the best-selling point of the device. It also mimics Chromecast’s features too making it as one ultimate device for the living room.
The set-top box hardware features a minimalistic circular shaped design with a diameter of 4.7-inch. the set-top itself doesn’t have much for the user to interact with, instead, a remote control that comes with the device is where the user will operated all the function of the Nexus Player. Even the remote control itself features a minimalistic design with a few buttons on it. One of which will activate the voice search function and a volume rocker. It also support a game controller which is sold separately.
The Nexus Players is powered by Quad-core Intel Atom processor running at 1.8GHz with Imagination PowerVR version 6 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It also features a number of interfaces including, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, HDMI and Micro-USB 2.0.
To be able to use the set-top box, users are required to have TV’s with HDMI output, HDMI cable and existing Internet connection for the services to work.
The Google Nexus Player will be sold for $99.00 while the separate game controller will be sold at $39.00, The system will be available exclusively in Google Play Store with pre-orders starts this coming Friday.
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