Nexus Player rolls through the FCC, gets the all-clear

After briefly having its pre-orders stopped due to not being approved by the FCC, the Google-designed Nexus Player has received that coveted approval from the Federal Communications Commission. With that approval we expect to see pre-orders begin again soon on Google Play.

That said, don't expect this to speed up the process of getting the Nexus Player into your hands and hooked up to your TV. Google originally quoted a November 3rd release date for the little media streamer, and we've seen no indication that that's going to change once the device returns to pre-orders. For what it's worth, the announced-at-the-same-time Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are both still up for pre-order and projecting ship dates of "coming soon" and "2-3 weeks", respectively.

Source: FCC; Via: Engadget

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Great! We can hopefully order it now on GPlay. Does anyone knows if I could browse the web with this thing?
  • it is full on android.
  • Sort of. Obviously the UI will be material but optimised for (I think it uses a remote??) Different input methods. Posted via Galaxy ace plus running Speedmod 2.5 with Xposed
  • Doesn't seem to have the keyboard remote like Google TV but maybe you just use your phone or tablet to get a keyboard.
  • It was a ploy to keep it hidden from public till after the announcement. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's not a ploy. Companies request and are granted pretty intense secrecy agreements from the FCC all the time so they can have a product certified but not tip their hand (mostly to competitors, but the public is becoming a bigger part of that too).
  • I honestly think it might just very well have been an ARM-device from the beginning, but something came up very very late in the process that caused them to switch to Intel instead.
  • Crisis averted. FCC working on the weekend.
  • Yay. Now open up orders. Posted via the Android Central App
  • umm. the nexus 6 is up fro pre-order?
  • No it's not, it says "Coming Soon" on the Google Play page Posted via the Nexus 5 running on 5.0 Lollipop
  • That's right! ... ( 0ppo F5) ...
  • I still need it to have an ethernet port..
    Will any other manufacturers make one or is this it?? Posted via Android Central App on The Nexus 5
  • This. Wireless is great and all, and perfect for things that move around. But for media streamers that sit in the same place all the time, Ethernet hardline or GTFO.
  • I wouldn't rule out the possibility of being able to use a USB Ethernet adaptor, which I would be okay with. Although the lack of storage and apparently no SD slot also bothers me, so I am hoping there will actually be other Android TV devices that fix these deficits. Posted via Android Central App
  • I need to see this thing in action. Need more info. Is it a glorified Chromecast? Posted via HTC soon to be a moto 5.2 or 5.9
  • Think Apple TV, only using the Google ecosystem, and with more flexibility. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Chromecast is a pure streaming device. You need a smartphone or tablet to control it and it doesn't do anything other than stream content. Nexus Player is basically an Android box that connects to your TV and has its own remote. I expect it to have a UI tailored for a TV, but for the most part be functionally the same as any another Android device (after accounting for the obvious hardware differences). It will also have Chromecast functionality, so should work the same as a Chromecast when you want it to. Posted via Android Central App
  • Can't wait for the full review!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can someone tell me what this thing does, that Chromecast does not already do? Thanks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Work with a 5ghz wifi network.
  • Run apps, play game. Be an android device not slaved to a phone. Posted via the WebOS Android Central App!
  • Hey so if this thing is full-on Android can we download the HBO GO app on it and not have to cast from our phone?
  • That would be up to HBO, they could mark it as incompatible and it wouldn't be available to download on it. Though I would still expect sideloading to work. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'd personally like to see a side by side comparison with the Roku 3 which I've been a user of since it was released. Fire TV while cool does not out do the Roku nor are you stuck in the Amazon ecosystem. I'm big fan of Android, but I don't want to use my phone to stream media to my TV. And my Roku 3 has an Ethernet port so I can use my super high speed wired network instead of the instability of wireless HD streaming. OK.. let's see how the review goes.
  • Typo on their page? It says WiFi ac. Does it not include WiFi N? Posted via the Android Central App
  • New toy just in time for my Birthday. Holding off on the Nexus 9 for now. Using an Retina Mini and unless it starts acting up the Player might be my last Android of the year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For 99 bucks it's a pretty sweet deal, however I wouldn't mind paying more if it had a Tegra K1 inside. Posted via OnePlus One
  • I'm disappointed this thing doesn't have HDMI passthrough. If they would have improved upon Google TV and added in Material Design, I would have definitely ordered one. I just don't want another totally separate entertainment box.
  • Think as a concept its going to be the best streaming device out there. Obvious flaw in no Ethernet connection though.
    I reckon once OEMS get their hands on it and start making their own devices this will be huge. Hope it comes to the UK (not holding breath) /\_/\
  • I saw it briefly on the google play store for £79. Posted via the Android Central App