Nexus Q: Google's Other New Gadget at Google I/O
The Nexus 7 wasn't the only Nexus device at Google I/O today.
The Nexus 7 tablet certainly stole the show at today's Google I/O keynote speech, but the search giant also announced a second piece of Nexus-branded hardware at the event today -- and it's all made in the USA.
Dubbed Nexus Q, the device is unlike any other Nexus product we've seen before. Google is calling it the world's first social streaming media player and it's designed to stream media from the cloud to your TV or sound system. It's powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with SGX540 graphics and packs 1GB LPDDR RAM, 16GB NAND flash memory, Bluetooth, NFC, and ethernet connectivity. It features a 25W amplifier as well as banana jack speaker outputs, Micro HDMI and Micro USB. The whole thing weighs in at 2lbs and measures 4.6 inches in diameter.
The Nexus Q is controlled via your Android device, which means you'll be accessing the Google Play and YouTube apps on your phone or tablet and selecting music, TV, or movies from there. You can also have friends connect to the Q and select tunes and videos to queue up for play. If you don't want people messing with the perfect playlist you created for your soiree, you can switch off guest mode and no one will be able to meddle with your music.
Google only talked about availability for the United States, where the Nexus Q will go on sale for $299 in July. You can pre-order starting today from the Google Play Store.