Nexus Player is the first Android TV box
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. A Nexus game controller for the device will be sold separately too, and Google describes the Nexus Player as a "first of its kind" Android gaming device, as well as a fully-featured streaming box.
Inside there's a 1.8GHz Intel Atom CPU and a PowerVR GPU, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Along with the Nexus 9 tablet it'll be available for pre-order on Oct. 17 and in stores starting November 3, priced $99.
Android TV, announced at this year's Google IO, is the company's latest effort to get into the TV space. For more info, check out our topic page.
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The Nexus Q, much like the the Google TV boxes were stop gap products. They were losing sales by not having something out there in that market. They quickly released both of those products way before they were ready, hence why both are no longer around.
Everything else in my house is fine. I can stream a Netflix movie un-buffered on my Nexus 7 but if I try the Chromecast...Its spotty enough that I prefer not to rely on it.
adb install yourAPK.apk
Also, this brings the Chromecast to be moved to one of my other TVs.
What brings my attention to the Nexus Android TV box is XBMC. I read a while back that during Android TV preview, XBMC was able to port it. I'm not familiar with Roku and XBMC. I read there are ways to cast XBMC to Chromecast, but this is built in and with a physical remote.
Instead people who already play games will order the controller and those that don't, won't bother.
Have they not seen how big modern mobile games are getting?