Google Takes on Apple TV, Roku and Boxee with Android Nexus Q Streamer



Google takes on Apple TV, Roku and Boxee with New Android Nexus Q Streamer




Tired of taking a back seat, Google just came out with it's own new media streamer. The ball shaped Nexus Q  is powered by an Android operating system and will play music, videos or Television shows from your computer or the internet onto your  LCD TV.

The Nexus Q will be made in the U.S.A and cost somewhere near $300 according to news reports.

It does offer a built in 25W Class D amplifier which makes it great for playing music in smaller spaces without additional hardware. Hook up a pair of speakers and make your movies come alive.

  


  

SPECIFICATIONS:

    •    CPU – Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual core Cortex A9 @ GHz + PowerVR SGX540 GPU
    •    System Memory – 1GB LPDDR RAM
    •    Storage – 16GB NAND flash memory
    •    Micro HDMI (Type D)
    •    TOSLink Optical audio (S/PDIF)
    •    10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45)
    •    Wireless Connectivity:
          ◦    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
          ◦    Bluetooth
          ◦    NFC
    •    Micro AB USB (for service and support)
    •    Banana jack speaker outputs
    •    Amplifier – 25W class D (12.5 watt per channel)
    •    Power Supply – Integrated 35W switching power supply
    •    Dimension – 116mm (diameter)
    •    Weight – 923 grams
 

While it does cost considerably more than an Apple TV or Roku, it remains to be seen if consumers will spend the extra money to own Google's latest media streamer. It can be currently be per-ordered and the Nexus Q is due to start shipping in the middle of July.

VIZIO Co-Star


If the Q ball shaped Nexus Q is too expensive, Vizio has announced they also will start shipping a lower priced $99, Google powered media streamer in July. The Google TV powered  VIZIO Co-Star offers full screen Web browsing using Google Chrome, Adobe Flash and HTML 5.


The VIZIO Co-Star offers a touchpad Bluetooth remote with built in QWERTY keyboard, 1080p HD and USB port along with Wireless and Ethernet. From first reports filtering in the Google OS is still not as polished as Apple or Roku. With future firmware updates, this may change and Google OS may be another worthy contender in the media streamer market.