Depending on how you count them, the Nexus Player is either Google’s fourth or fifth attempt at conquering the living room. Then there was the second-generation Google TV also a failure. At $35, the device was a sleeper hit, especially for cord cutters.
First there was the Google TV. That flopped. Then the Nexus Q. That flopped so hard it didn’t even launch. Then there was the second-generation Google TV — also a failure. Finally, last year, Google launched the Chromecast. At $35, the device was a sleeper hit, especially for cord cutters.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Nexus Player is that the user interface looks terrific. It’s slick and fully optimized for a TV. It’s a significant upgrade over Google’s previous Google TV efforts.
The main dashboard shows off content blocks and recommendations. This includes programs in your Google Play library, YouTube recommendations and programs available in other apps.
You can also quickly access games compatible with the included remote or the optional $40 wireless game controller.
Google tried the Nexus Q and the Google TV, now it’s trying its set-top box luck with Android TV. The Nexus Player is the first device running Android TV to hit the market.
The Nexus Player is small, but under the hood it has a quad-core Intel Atom with PowerVR Series 6 Graphics. It has 8GB of internal storage ad 1GB of RAM. Read more…