Google on Wednesday unveiled a new $299 hardware device called the “Nexus Q” that allows users to stream music, movies and music from the Google Play storefront.
Like the $99 Apple TV, Google's Nexus Q will allow users to connect their mobile devices to an HDTV or entertainment center. Content available on an Android phone or tablet, including YouTube, can be streamed to the Nexus Q.
The sphere-shaped Nexus Q can be connected to an HDTV, a sound system, or even just a set of speakers. Google has dubbed the device as the “first social streaming media player,” as it allows users to create collaborative music queues with friends adding their own songs to a playlist.
The Nexus Q runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a dual-core OMAP 4460 processor. It features 16 gigabytes of built-in storage and will be available in mid-July for $299.[iframe width=”550″ height=”309″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/s1Y5dDQW4TY?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.