Google and Asus announce The Nexus Player

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    Earlier today, Google announced their new console named the Nexus Player. It is essentially a set-top streaming device developed by both Google and Asus. The Nexus Player is the first device ever to be utilizing Android TV which was announced at end of June this year. The Nexus Player supports applications to stream videos from Netflix, YouTube, HuluPlus and a few more video streaming services. It will be available to purchase for $99 on November 3rd but you can pre-order it starting on October 17th.

    The Nexus Player is very similar to the other set-top streaming boxes which are currently available like the Roku 3 or the Amazon Fire TV. It streams media from applications and displays them onto your television set. The Nexus Player is actually surprisingly lacking in the amount of applications available for download with the Roku 3 and Amazon Fire TV both having a wider range of applications to download thus allowing for more streaming options. The Nexus player supports the ability to "cast" video sources from compatible apps such as HBO Go and Crackle. Another feature the Nexus Player is able to do is screen mirroring. This is supported on the Chromebook and from the Chrome Browser and it essentially broadcasts your screen to the Nexus Player which then displays it onto your TV set.

    The Nexus Player will come with the Nexus Player itself and a remote control which features a built in microphone for voice control. You can also purchase an additional controller which Google have branded as a "precise gamepad for serious gaming" for $40. The Nexus Player isn't very diverse in terms of connectivity. The Nexus Player is only compatible with an HDMI cord much like most of the newer devices we see today and it only supports WiFi with no ethernet port built into the Nexus Player or even a USB port for that matter.

    The specifications of the Nexus Player include a 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom processor with 1GB of ram and 8GB of storage. The full specification list is available to view in the spoiler below.
    Chipset
    1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™
    Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine

    Memory

    1GB RAM
    8GB storage

    Ports
    18W DC power
    HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz)
    Micro-USB 2.0

    Wireless

    802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
    Bluetooth 4.1

    Weight

    235g

    Dimensions

    120mm x 120mm x 20mm

    The Nexus Player doesn't seem very impressive right now but Google have planned to update it periodically. They currently plan to broaden the library of applications currently available and to extend the compatibility of the voice search feature to other applications. What do you think? Would you purchase the Nexus Player in its current state? Do you think it is worth $99 with things such as the Roku and Amazon Fire TV on the market? Leave your thoughts below.

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