Android Central @ CES

ASUS today at CES in Las Vegas officially announced the ASUS Qube -- a Google TV device that's been strongly suggested for the past few weeks, both from the FCC as well as Google. ASUS is promising more info today, but so far all we've got is this single picture, the fact that it's a Google TV device and it has access to Android apps and movies and TV and whatnot, can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet app -- and has some sort of "rotating on-screen cube shape," which immediately makes us think of failed Windows Mobile UIs. (Chances are ASUS has done better here, but seeing is believing.)

And that's it for now. More on the Qube as we get it. We've got the whole of the announcement after the break.

Qube with Google TV - Bring the world of entertainment to your TV

Instantly add Google TV to your HDTV with the ASUS Qube.  Qube with Google TV offers both motion control and voice search that integrates Google Play, Chrome™, YouTube™in one compact device. With access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows* from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, plus numerous apps, videos and games from Google Play, ASUS Qube with Google TV is the perfect media content device.

ASUS has developed the unique Qube interface, which displays functions via a rotating on-screen cube shape. The advanced remote control supports motion sensing for gaming and other applications. Customers can also control Qube with Google TV from their Android smartphones and tablets using the Mobile Remote app, available through Google Play. ASUS includes 50GB of WebStorage cloud space with every Qube with Google TV.


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ASUS gets into the Google TV game with the Qube


Well...I hope they put more work into its functionality than they did its form-factor. It's not very attractive.

looks like a boxee box to me..

not sure I'm going to be compelled to pick one of these guys up if it's anything north of $99

I'd rather have this box sitting beneath or behind my TV, blending in, rather than having a device that screams to be looked at any day.

I got burned jumping from the Revue to the CoStar (both are hardly ready for primetime).

I'm eager to see what ASUS has put under the hood for this thing - and if they have a decent remote (Dear CoStar - no backlight?? Really??), but I think all of these devices need a lot more support from Google itself. These things are laboring with Honeycomb. When will G push out some JB type updates to GTV?

Right there with you - Didn't get the Revue because the Costar looked promising but I am not at all happy with it. I don't know if its just me but its not stable at all and the internals really aren't that great either.

Same here my Costar is slow not stable and hardly any apps run on it because of the forced landscape format. When I got mine I was hoping to use it to stream movies to from my DLNA server and also to play roms on. Well almost all Emulators dont work because of the forced Landscape on the Costar and the limited amount of movie players dont have codecs to play half of the movie formats and Im really not going to spend my time converting them.

Just a note for anyone running into trouble with the codec incompatibility issue for whatever DLNA playback device:

I don't know what DLNA streaming service you're using, but I've started using one called TVersity. My favorite feature is that it's able to determine when the destination can't playback the video's format and will transcode on the fly :)

Now, obviously, transcode quality is going to be dependent on the server's processing power, but my P4 3Ghz media center is able to produce decent on-the-fly transcoded video when I view, say, an MKV on my Xbox360.

It's not free, but $20 is a steal for all the features that it has. Just wanted to let you guys know!

UPDATE: I guess I could've provided a link:

they say this qube can be controlled with a smartphone or your phone or tablet has a backlight, there's your backlit remote

My Revue finally died. I wasnt diving in on the CoStar and ended up with a Roku XD. I hope some GTV device turns out to be stellar so I can buy one to replace my defunct Logitech box.

With a new interface, is this going to be the slow to update device from the past? Please google, put out a nexus tv device

Or better yet, you could cancel your Hulu subscription and send them a note saying you'll re-up after they've allowed Google TV to host Hulu.

All this does is annoy me even more about the Nexus Q that I have sitting on my desk that's basically a nice paperweight at the moment...

Is it really that difficult to make a set-top box emulator of sorts? That's really all these boxes are - they provide a guide based on some Chrome/Android OS platform and provide some other nifty app capabilities...and so far, they have failed.

I have the Revue and only use it for Netflix viewing and the periodic internet browsing.

My biggest problem with the Revue - no COAX-IN connector. Why would this not be included? It should be feasible and easily accomplished. No decoding necessary since the TV would perform the same functions anyway. This would allow the user to use a guide on TV's that do not currently have a set-top box connected - even for OTA connections - a user could hook up an antenna and call it good!

I did find an chinese ICS google TV box on ebay only to get a message from ebay that they had been booted and if the thing hadn't shown up in ten days to claim the cash back. still like to have decent stab the google tv but from what has been discussed my laptop is still the best at online streaming.