The Nexus Player is a Google's own-branded Android TV device announced in October 2014 alongside the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Player was the consumer launch device for the Android TV platform, following up the developer-only ADT-1 box that was shown off at Google I/O 2014.
Design-wise, it's a flattened out, circular black box that connects to your TV over HDMI and works for watching media, Google Casting content and games with an optional $39 game controller.
It's running a 1.8GHz Intel Atom CPU with a PowerVR GPU, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It connects to your home network over Wifi, and the basic remote connects to the box over Bluetooth.
Though it does support USB OTG for external storage over the single MicroUSB port, the Nexus Player is somewhat limited due to its small amount of internal storage. Some have also complained because it doesn't have an ethernet port, instead relying on Wifi for the its Internet connection.
The Nexus Player launched at $99 on the Google Play Store, and though initial stock was limited it expanded to other retailers in due time.
05 November 2014
Android TV arrives with an impressive but imperfect first effort
The living room has been a tough nut to crack — for any company, not just Google. Cable companies generally don't want outsiders playing in their sandbox. That and the underpowered and seemingly unfocused endeavor that was the first Google TV generation doomed the likes of the Logitech Revue and relegated what was left of Google TV to glorified embedded status. The aborted Nexus Q gave way to the excellent, affordable Chromecast streaming stick.
And now we have Android TV. And the first member of this new family, the Nexus Player.
Like the Chromecast before it, the Nexus Player is a simple device. A flat, black puck, HDMI into a TV or receiver, wireless connectivity. And that's it.
Or, rather, it's just the beginning of this story, and one that's very much a part of the Android 5.0 Lollipop world.
And here, now, is our Nexus Player review.
15 October 2014
Alongside today's Lollipop announcement, Google took the wraps off the first Android TV set-top box. Made by ASUS and powered by an Intel CPU, the Nexus Player is shaped like an oversized hockey puck, and comes with a voice control-enabled remote...
07 November 2014
An update to our Nexus Player review ...
Here's a quick update to our Nexus Player review, as we've continued to explore what the little Android TV puck can do. As a reminder, there are three ports on device...
04 November 2014
And we now have our second factory image in the Android 5.0 generation. The Nexus Player (which, yes, can have its bootloader unlocked) now has a factory image available from Google. It's Build LRX21M, same as what we're running on our Nexus Player...
03 November 2014
How to set up and use your new Nexus Player!
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the Google Nexus Player. It's one of the first devices to run the Android TV flavor of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It's a smallish puck of a streaming and gaming device...
09 March 2016
Google's made it easier than ever to take part in an Android Developer Preview. That's both good and bad. Here's what you need to know.