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Google Nexus Q Hands-on

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?

Google Nexus Q media player makes its debut – just $299

Google has just uncovered one more surprise up on the stage here for the Google IO Day 1 Keynote, and that is the new Google Q. What is the Q? This is their first consumer electronic product and will work hand-in-hand with the Nexus 7. The Nexus Q is Google's new media-streaming device for the home.

Netflix for Android updated with improved video streaming

The official Netflix for Android has received a rather minor update this evening. While the update is pretty small it does promise an "enhanced playback experience" for phones and tablets, and even an additional installation method for those that might be having issues. Check out all the details after the break.

600 Movies coming to Android and YouTube from MGM

Google just released another tidbit of awesome news today for everyone that loves movies and Android. That is everyone right? New details on the official YouTube Blog have just confirmed that Google has partnered with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, better known as MGM, and will be bringing 600 of their classic and famous movies to Android and YouTube.

Blockbuster On Demand coming to Samsung phones and tablets

Today Samsung has landed a deal with Blockbuster and their On-Demand services, and will soon be offering full On-Demand access and streaming to Samsung smartphones and tablets. Not to mention their wide array or TV's and another electronics. According to Smarthouse the service will hit devices in the US, UK, and parts of Europe during the next few months. Then head to Australia in the second half of 2012.

Android gets the nod for in-flight entertainment on Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing has been working in the 787 Dreamliner for a long time now. After lots of delays one version of the aircraft is finally cleared to be delivered to buyers by the FAA. Today we have learned that Boeing, the maker of the 787 Dreamliner has chosen the Android operating system to provide passengers with in-flight entertainment like music, video, and apps. The OS may even provide airline-specific apps to passengers.

Pogoplug Mobile promises unlimited content streaming for Android Hands-on

Pogoplug today has just announced their brand new Pogoplug Mobile hardware and software for Android and iOS, bringing unlimited wireless streaming of all your content right to your favorite mobile devices. Pogoplug has been around for a while already and have continued to update their software for Android including a major UI overhaul earlier this month. Today they are back with an all new product.

Onkyo unveils new home theater receiver remote control app for Android

Onkyo has a large line up of home theater and audio receivers that allow you to get movie theater sound in your home. The company has announced a new app for Android smartphone users that will allow you to control all the functions of your Onkyo home theater AV receiver right from your smartphone. The app also allows for some other really cool functionality using the Onkyo receiver.

TI promises Full HD Netflix streaming on Android devices soon

Texas Instruments has announced that its OMAP4 platform has been Netflix certified for the 1080p Full HD version of the streaming movie company's app, the first time a mobile platform has been approved. It's the M-Shield security section that's won TI the kudos, apparently, working in combination with the high-definition capabilities of the processor cores. Although Netflix already has an Android app, its compatibility is limited to certain handsets. That, the company has previously explained, is because Android lacks standardized secure streaming protocols that Netflix can use not only to funnel their content out to phones and tablets, but also use to reassure content owners that the movies won't be ripped and shared illegally. TI's M-Shield security system, however, offers a hardware-protected, trusted execution environment (TEE), running on the OMAP4's dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores, but supposedly does away with either a dedicated chip or extra CPU cycles. There's also support for Full HD HDMI output, which could mean plugging your Android phone into an HDTV and turning it into a mobile Roku-style streamer. According to TI, devices with the Netflix app pre-loaded "will be launched in the near future."
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