Along with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and their first Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7, Google also introduced another piece of hardware, the Nexus Q, the world’s first social streaming media player.
The Nexus Q is a little device that connects to speakers and your TV and streams your entertainment from Google Play (music, movies, TV shows), as well as videos from YouTube. With the Nexus Q in your home, your Android device becomes your remote. The content isn’t streamed from your phone to the Nexus Q, but directly from the cloud to the Nexus Q.
On top of letting you stream the different types of entertainment, the Nexus Q is also special because it features some social features. Friends and family on your Wi-Fi network that have Android devices can also join the fun by adding their songs or movies to the queue. If you’re not the type that likes to let everyone play their own music, you can easily turn the feature off.
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Music, TV Shows and Movies, YouTube
With the Nexus Q, all of your music, TV shows, and movies from Google play are available for you to instantly stream via the Nexus Q. With multiple Nexus Q devices in the home, you can have your favorite tune bumping in all the rooms in your house. Or you can start a movie in the living room and finish it in the bedroom.
For those really into sound, the Nexus Q features a state of the art audiophile-grade amplifier built in, so you can hook it up to your favorite speakers. For connection to your TV, an HDMI port is included so you get
The Nexus Q is currently available to pre-order from the Google Play store. It will set you back a $299.99. Optional accessories for the device include Triad Bookshelf Speakers for $399.99 and speaker cables for $49.00.
The device is expected to ship in 2-3 weeks.
Specs-wise, the Nexus Q features a dual-core OMAP4460 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich; support for Google Play Movies and TV, Google Play Music, and YouTube; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC wireless connectivity; 25W class D amplifier; Micro HDMI, TOSLink Optical audio, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, Micro AB USB, Banana jack speaker output connectors and ports, and much more.
For more information on the Nexus Q or to pre-order it, head over to the Google Play store now.
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