Google Nexus Q
Released July, 2012
The Pros:Built-in audio amplifier, so no need for an additional receiver. Just connect it directly to speakers. Streams all of your cloud-based media content. Small, sleek, black sphere.
The Cons:Media content limited to Google Play Music/Movies/TV and YouTube. Not available outside the US. Fairly expensive. Perhaps doesn't offer much to differentiate over cheaper $99 Apple TV for example.
Google Nexus Q is a social media streamer that streams audio and video content to your home theater from the cloud using any Android smartphone or tablet as the controller. The physical device is a small 4.6" diameter sphere with no buttons or interface elements.
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To control the device you connect to it over your WiFi connection on your Android handheld device and load up either the Google Play or YouTube app. The media content that it plays comes from the cloud, and can play any content you have stored connected your Google Play account. Friends and family can merge their media content when they are in range of your Nexus Q, and together you can create a collaborative playlist of content.
The Nexus Q includes a 25 Watt amplifier, so it can be connected directly to up to four speaker without the need for an external amplifier or receiver. Alternatively, you can also connect the audio to you amplifier/receiver using the S/PDIF optical output. For video, it features an Micro HDMI output. You can also stream the video / audio content over WiFi to any connected Android device. It retails fro $299 and can be purchased directly from the Google Play store.
- Form factor:
- 4.6 inch diameter
- finish: die-cast machined zinc
- Memory: 1 GB LPDDR RAM
- Storage: 16 GB NAND flash memory
- CPU: OMAP4460 dual-core
- O/S: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 25W class D amplifier (12.5 watt per channel)
- 4 x Banana jack speaker outputs
- Micro HDMI
- Optical Out
- Ethernet RJ45
- Micro AB USB (for service)
- Rotating top dome volume control
- Capacitive touch sensor mute toggle
- 32 RGB perimeter LEDs and 1 RGB LED for mute
User Reviews (4)
Built-in audio amplifier, so no need for an additional receiver. Just connect it directly to speakers
Streams all of your cloud-based media content
Small, sleek, black sphere
Control the device using one or more Android devices simultaneously
Banana jack speaker connections make it easy to connect
Built-in WiFi and wired Ethernet
Media content limited to Google Play Music/Movies/TV and YouTube
not available outside the US
Fairly expensive. Perhaps doesn't offer much to differentiate over cheaper $99 Apple TV for example
"Social" component may be nothing more than a novelty
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