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Google Nexus Q Unboxing: Media Streaming in an Orb Design

We got a brief eyes-on of the Nexus Q at Google’s I/O Wednesday afternoon, and now we have our very own unit in the TechnoBuffalo offices. Aimed at consumer living rooms, the Nexus Q is an odd little device that truthfully looks like one of those old novelty Magic 8-Ball toys. But it’s not its appearance that matters. The audio and video streaming device is a clear competitor to device’s like the Apple TV ($99), Roku 2 XS ($99) or Sonos Connect ($499). It features integrated HDMI and optical audio outputs, and an internal 25-watt Class D amp. Currently, the Q requires am Android device to be used as a controller, and it doesn’t support third-party content — Google Play only! Priced at $299, it’ll be interesting to see how consumers take to Google’s attempt to further capture (remember Google TV?) the living room.

Nexus Q Specs:

  • Release Date: Ships in 2-3 weeks
  • Price: $299
  • OS: Android 4.0
  • Dimensions: 4.6-inch diameter
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Battery: N/A
  • Processor: OMAP 4460
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • Network: Wi-Fi only
  • Notes: Streams content from Google Play Store and YouTube, No third party app support like Netflix or Pandora, You need an Android device to control it (No remote included), Google Sells Triad Bookshelf speakers for $399 and speaker cables for $49.

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