Google reveals Nexus Q, world's first social streaming media player

By on June 27, 2012, 6:30 PM

Before executives took the stage at Google’s I/O Conference for a keynote earlier today, the company revealed a new media streaming device called the Nexus Q. Described on the Google Play product page as the first social streaming media player, the orb-shaped unit is able to stream music, HD movies, TV shows and YouTube videos to your home theater system or stereo system using Google Play.

The device is controlled by your Android phone or tablet but content is pulled directly from the cloud. Google believes that music is often best enjoyed with friends, so to differentiate itself from similar streaming media offerings and drive that point home, Google infused Nexus Q with social capabilities.

The company describes it as a cloud-connected jukebox where everyone brings their own music to the party. Nexus Q allows friends to create a single playlist that everyone has access to. Anyone in the group can move songs up or down on the playlist or even play a new track instantly before the previous tune is finished.

The device itself is essentially a small Android-powered computer with a dual-core OMAP4460 processor running Ice Cream Sandwich and 16GB of onboard storage. Rear panel connectivity options include an optical audio port, Ethernet jack, micro-HDMI port and a micro-USB port. Additionally, an internal 25-watt amplifier is able to power a set of speakers without the need of a stereo receiver should you feel so inclined.

Google expects to ship the Nexus Q in the next few weeks at a price of $299. As PC World points out, this is three times as much as an Apple TV but there are a lot more features built in to justify the price.




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Guest said:

Interesting...I have had an app on my iPhone / IPad that's called PlayMeNext and it does exactly the same thing using Apple TV. I have had it for more than 4 months now. It even allows anyone to take photos in real time and let's you share them while your music is playing. Oh by the way it's a free App. We used it at a party and it was a big hit. Glad to see google caught up. Also my Apple TV only cost $99.00 and small enough to throw in a carry bag.

Great innovation Google! Keep up the great work...

ikesmasher said:

isnt there already like 10 other things that do this? what are the odds I will ever see ANYONE using one of these anytime soon?

Its the CLOUD. internet access in public is LIMITED. its not the future until we have the world wireless for no charge.

DanUK DanUK said:

Could be quite cool for house parties. Not sure on the price though for that...

1 person liked this | gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Interesting...I have had an app on my iPhone / IPad that's called PlayMeNext and it does exactly the same thing using Apple TV. I have had it for more than 4 months now. It even allows anyone to take photos in real time and let's you share them while your music is playing. Oh by the way it's a free App. We used it at a party and it was a big hit. Glad to see google caught up. Also my Apple TV only cost $99.00 and small enough to throw in a carry bag.

Great innovation Google! Keep up the great work...

OMG you can take photos in real time? That is so exciting!!!!! And you can put it in your purse too!!!! This is the cooolest thing E-VER. I'm going to order all the Justin Bieber albums off iTunes and give this Apple TV thing a spin.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

...I bought a jukebox that we opened up to run without coins and we could swap CD's at will.

..that was about 15 years ago.

Everyone brought their own music...quality much higher than compressed audio too. Was reasonably portable too. Used to lay it down in the back of a station wagon. Good times.

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