The Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have arrived as predicted, but before you close down Mobot for the night and head off to your specialist chat rooms, there’s a third prong to the Android hardware assault.
Meet Google’s Nexus Player, built by trusty old Asus. Available shortly, the first-ever Android TV device looks to take over your TV, with the movies and the music and the streaming and whatnot.
Like Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android TV was detailed back at Google I/O in June, essentially acting as a multimedia hub on your TV, offering content from Google Play alongside popular streaming services like YouTube and Netflix and Hulu.
The Google Nexus Player makes Android TV possible, and comes in the shape of a hockey puck roughly 4.7in in diameter. It’s joined by a fairly minimal little remote, with a dedicated button inviting voice search.
It also encompasses Google Chromecast functionality, so you can fire content at your TV – via the Nexus Player – from your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, or Mac or Windows laptop.
Needless to say, you can start on one Android device and seamlessly finish on another, perhaps starting off on the couch with Android TV and the Nexus Player, and finishing in bed on your Android tablet. That’s pretty much par for the streaming course these days, but a welcome feature nonetheless.
The other facet of the Google Nexus Player, and the focus of the accompanying blog post, is its compatibility with the official Android game controller (sold separately). Essentially you can play Android games on your TV, and again finish the process on the move – if you so desire.
Like the Nexus 9, Google Nexus Player pre-orders open on October 17 (this Friday), with the release following on November 3 (two weeks from Monday). There’s no official word on Nexus Player price, but word on the cyber-street suggests $99 for the puck, and $39 for the game controller.
Hopefully we’ll see the Google Nexus Player get a simultaneous launch in the UK. Google Chromecast took its sweet time crossing the Atlantic. Just saying.