Introducing Nexus Q

Google on unveiled a new $299 hardware device called the “” that allows users to stream , movies and music from the Google Play storefront.

Like the $99 Apple TV, Google’s Q will allow users to connect their 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 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.

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Nexus Q streams your entertainment directly from the to your room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an 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.

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