Several companies have announced Blu-ray players and media streaming boxes for Google's Android-based Google TV TV platform. Sony has its NSZ-GS7 Network Media Player and NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray disc player, Vizio tipped its VBR430 3D Blu-ray player and VAP430 Stream Player -- as well as several Google TV-enabled R Series HDTVs -- and E Fun will provide its Nextbox set-top....
Here’s another quick unboxing video from Google I/O. This time we show you Google’s social streaming media player, the Nexus Q. This is a simple and elegant device that you connect to speakers or directly to your receiver and is controlled by any Android device running the Nexus Q app.
Two years ago, Google’s Vic Gundotra keynoted the company’s 2011 I/O developer conference, and one of the big surprises of the day was the launch of Android@Home, Google’s attempt to corner the home-automation market.
Well this didn’t take long. Just mere days after it was announced, the Nexus Q has already been “modified” to run games. In case you’re not familiar, the Nexus Q is a streaming media player that plays content like music, movies and YouTube videos.
The biggest question mark to come out of Google I/O is the Nexus Q. Trying to describe it to someone is an exercise in awkwardness at the very least. Google desicribes it as a “social streaming media player,” and once you see it working, it kind of makes sense.
Google Chromecast owners can now stream Google Play music and movie content direct from the web, as well as from smartphones and tablets, thanks to the Google Cast extension for the Chrome desktop browser. Oddly, Google’s own media store isn’t the first to do this, as Netflix on the web can play nice with the Chromecast extension, as can YouTube.
Rumors of the impending sunsetting of Google TV have been around at least since September when Sony, Googles most stalwart partner for its struggling, Android-based Google TV, announced a Bravia Smart Stick media player. Sony noted Google services but never mentioned Google TV.