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Nexus Q: Google's Other New Gadget at Google I/O

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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.

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    Osmin , June 27, 2012 8:29 PM
    Wow, sticker shock! Three times more expensive than I thought it could be for a TV and music clould based streamer. Nice design though, and would consider at $99 if it played well with my Apple and PC products.
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    omega21xx , June 27, 2012 8:41 PM
    So, (Google TV) - (TV/screen) x (3 times the cost) = Q?
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    afrobacon , June 27, 2012 8:48 PM
    omega21xxSo, (Google TV) - (TV/screen) x (3 times the cost) = Q?

    I think your order of operations is a little off...
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    zak_mckraken , June 27, 2012 8:50 PM
    Hmm... Expensive toy. Not sure it has any real purpose. I'd rather have a portable sound system that can stream via Bluetooth. Perhaps such a product already exists though, I've never searched for one.
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    teh_chem , June 27, 2012 9:16 PM
    At first I was confused about this device, but now I kinda get it. Essentially allows you to use your phone/tablet as the "remote control" for your media listening/viewing.

    So...why not just get the Vizio Co-Star for $99?

    Difference only being powered speaker output? And not needing a display just to listen to music?
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    Niva , June 27, 2012 9:42 PM
    The Design is awesome, but price is rather high. I'll stick with my HTPC for the time being until it breaks. By that point something like this will hopefully cost something more reasonable (about 100-150 imo).
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    skidawgz , June 28, 2012 2:02 AM
    The Device literally has the ability to connect everything. Its a bit too versatile, which drives up the price is all. I've really been waiting for something to be similar (but more) than Apple TV
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    omega21xx , June 28, 2012 6:53 PM
    afrobaconI think your order of operations is a little off...


    Originally I was just typing a sentence, rather than format and fix it I just deleted stuff and added in symbols. Sorry, I should have had coffee first before posting on the internet. You understand what I meant though. :) 
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