Google Nexus Q Hands-on

June 27, 2012
7

This week Google has introduced several new products in both the software and hardware realms, one of the oddest of these being the "first social streaming media player" called the Nexus Q. This device was shown off at Google I/O 2012 and was part of the Developer Pack given to all attendees. It's also currently on sale at the Google Play store online and will be shipped very soon - but you may be asking yourself still: what on earth is it?

This device is an Android ball... the end. Actually the Nexus Q is essentially a ball that streams music, movies, or anything else you'd like. It's a media streaming device, a media center, and more all wrapped around the world of Android. This is a small part of what Google probably has planned moving forward with Android@Home, only this is just the beginning. The styling and device design is a unique one to say the least, but feels extremely well made and like a premium product.

Essentially what we have here is a social media streaming device that can be controlled by any of you or your friends various Android devices. Sitting at home you can start up Google Play Music and stream audio through your surround sound. Or while relaxing on the couch you can fire it up and watch a Play Movie rental with ease. It is all controlled by your phone or tablet -- and one day Google's Project Glass. Here's us unboxing it and all the goodies we were given.

Will full audio options, optical audio, micro-USD, HDMI and more this device is fully capable of all your living room needs. The whole device has a capacitive touch sensor for muting as well as off/on, you’re working with a Texas Instruments OMAP4460 (dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and SGX540 graphics core) inside, and both 1GB LPDDR RAM and 16GB NAND flash memory under the hood. We'll continue to check it out over the next few days so stay tuned. Be sure to hit our Google IO Portal for all the news, or buy one today for $299 from Google Play.


Recent Stories
  • MagnetMan

    This is BEAUTIFUL! I’m definitely getting one (or many) for my home!

  • Justin Tipton

    Is this only for Play Store content?

    • digi_owl

      Well there is also the Google cloud storage area for media files. Still, it is Android and hackable so i suspect LAN support will pop up quickly once it makes its way to market if it can’t out of the box.

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        they said “hackable” on stage…. good news

  • digi_owl

    The side shots of the Q plugged in looks very scifi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbitly.com%2FSPYPHONE&h=OAQH58Jop http://bitly.com/SPYPHONE

    heyy guys .. Are you tired of not knowing what your employees, children, spouse are up to? This Application might be the best solution .easy to use and 100% UNDETECTABLE with so many features (Call Tracking,GPS Location Tracking,SMS Tracking….) and other amazing features.It worked perfect with me , For More Info => => (check the link on my Profile Name)

  • wumps13

    HDMI port just for Audio or you can plug it to a TV and have an android UI ?