Google at its I/O event unveiled its very first tablet as well as a brand new version of Android called Jelly Bean. However, the company also made waves with a streaming media player called the 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. However, it's not just unique in its function. This is also the first Nexus device to be made in the United States of America.
"We've been absent for so long," The New York Times cites Andy Rubin as saying in reference to American manufacturing. "We decided, 'Why don't we try it and see what happens?'"
Google hasn't spoken too much about the manufacturing process of the Nexus Q, so we don't know where these Q balls are being produced or how much it costs per unit to make one. However, thanks to Google's generosity in providing Wired with exclusive access to a Nexus Q teardown, we know that "most of Nexus Q's non-silicon parts" were made in the USA, including the die-cast zinc base.
Last month at AllThingsD, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he would like there to be Apple products made in the company's home country, but made no indication of any focused effort to do so. It appears Google accomplish that feat with the domestically-made Nexus Q.
The Nexus Q packs a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with SGX540 graphics, 1GB of LPDDR RAM, 16GB NAND flash memory, an integrated, 35-watt switching power supply, Bluetooth, NFC, and Ethernet connectivity. It features a 25W amplifier as well as banana jack speaker outputs, Micro HDMI and USB.
The Nexus Q goes on sale in July and is priced at $299.