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Google Nexus Q Unveiled – Your Streaming Home Media Center

Say “Hello” to the Nexus Q, a streaming media player for your Android life. We first broke the news on this earlier today, but Google has gone ahead and made it official by posting it to the Play store. For $299, you can connect your phones, tablets, and TVs and streaming all of your favorite media including movies, music, TV shows, and YouTube. Check out the video below to get the full picture. 

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  • sirmeili

    Release a version WITHOUT the amp and I’m in. If ii’m going to use the HDMI out anyways, there is no need for an amp in it. I can see how the AMP could be usefull (porch for example), but not in all cases and it adds to the price unnecesariily.

  • Muzicman61

    Worthless if i can’t stream from my NAS storage or other SMB shares.

  • c4v3man

    This is pretty much an expanded software, less Wattage Sonos CONNECT:AMP which retails for $500. When you think about it that way, the pricing makes sense, but I don’t need an amp.

    I’d rather have an Apple TV competitor box with no amp, for $100. And generic, OS driven display mirroring would be needed for me to grab one.

    EDIT: Also, I do like the design, look and presence of the device. I just hope someone figures out a way to load this onto a GoogleTV Device, or heck, even run off a generic android device. I see no reason why this can’t be run off cheaper hardware.

    • I think Sonos price is insane, Nexus Q price is a way too optimistic.

  • BrianBrick

    What most interests me in the video is that its part of “Google play at home”. I wonder if it will be a Google TV rebrand, or just a name they like for a unified android home media experience

  • nightscout13

    Expensive…..Logitech Revue fate?

  • NemaCystX

    I love the device and mood lighting that goes with the music but $300 is too steep for what they showed it can do. Don’t get me wrong I know it can do more since there will likely be an API to control and access the Nexus Q but until they show more of what it can do i just see this being useless for me for that price anyway. I would love to have an NFC sync’d device that I just tap and then gain control wirelessly, I wonder if it uses Wifi Direct or if its Bluetooth, if its Wifi Direct, you got a LOT more range than Bluetooth

  • Jaque

    Pretty cool device +1 for Google making it in the USA. Since it has a micro HDMI, I could see this integrating more google tv features. iOS would be added seeing as how Brit is seen with a Crappletop in a developer photo. Home energy management would be the other cool aspect. Add a mic and you could have voice controlled stuff off of it. The same processor as the Nexus 7 tablet so that should allow a lot more than just streaming youtube and music.

  • better be on wifi when you fire that mother up

  • joe

    How do you find the phones i the play store

  • jeepguy04

    How long before somebody rips the custom android version running on here and puts it on a google tv, or rasberry pi or one of those many android system on a usb that have been surfacing lately?

    I think the playlist sharing multi room sync is cool. But not for that price. Get it to run on something in the 50-100 range and it would be awesome.

  • Pretty useless….why not improve on GoogleTV with all these features and call it a day. Nexus TV….

  • JBartcaps

    Okay people we get it, you think $300 is too much. But to be honest, thing this has so much potential in a market that isn’t utilized properly(I own an Apple TV and haven’t used it in over a year). This finally looks like a product that can take advantage of a wireless media ecosystem in your home. Example: You’re playing music from your Galaxy Nexus and you feel like cleaning and don’t want to hold your phone or have ear-buds so all you have to do is tap your phone to the Nexus Q and bam your music is playing through your sound system…wirelessly.

    I bet if you put the money down for this, that you won’t be disappointed.
    And not to mention that this is the gateway product and possibly the main product for [email protected]

    Plus I also think it’s a great example of the power of Android and the potential ecosystem capabilities that Android has.

  • I guess the $300 is the perfect price point for the “smartphone savvy and rich but I don’t already own a PC / Mac / Smartphone / Tablet of any kind / Xbox 360 / Playstation 3 / Smart TV / Roku” market. Nice play, Google…. nice play.

  • MrEnglish

    300 bucks for a google tv ball? Nah. It’ll be 99 soon enough. I’ll wait for the gotta have it crowd to bench test it first.

  • Cam

    Nice device, but it’s such a niche product. And such a high price for the niche product.

  • Asmodai

    Can someone explain to me what this thing does that the Vizio Co-Star
    doesn’t do that makes it worth 3x the price?

  • kwubba

    If this thing is USB powered and has a composite out option I’m in @ $300. I’ve been looking for a composite out option to hookup to my SUV’s stock entertainment system. Since they were not forward looking (BMW) and did not provide an HDMI input I need composite in to have a media system in the car.

  • Bionicman

    you know what, the damn thing is made in the USA. i dont care if i sound like a dweeb for caring about that. i’m getting it.

    • Hunter

      +1 guy. Buy USA

    • I bet that’s the biggest driving factor in cost – USA designed and made. If this was made by… say… ASUS, I bet you’d see it for at least half the price.

      • WickedToby741

        It’s that and it’s a niche product. If it catches on, price will drop some, but there will always be a price premium for making it here.

        • michael arazan

          I already pay for home internet and have wifi, if this was a substitute of your home internet I could see it being worthwhile.

  • Julian Coronado

    Figuring as the Nexus 7 tablet is $199. I think this should either be included for another $100. Or they should lower the price. Just saying.

  • blemast3r

    This is fail. $300? Really?

  • trumpet444

    Looks. Like a Sentinel from the side.

  • We could honestly use this in my house. I know of several times that the exact use case they present in the video would have been great… for around $60. There’s not a chance in hell that I’d pay $300 for this sucker. Here’s hoping for a massive clearance sale at Best Buy.

  • No_Smoking

    yep too expensive! this needs to be around $99 (at MOST $149) for it to be of any worth.

    oh yeah, and it needs to have netflix/hulu etc etc etc

  • RendarUDL

    Thanks. Going to stick with my WD Media Player.

  • mcdonsco

    Fail…They are attempting to compete in an already well established market with a device that’s 3 times the cost of others and/or the same/similar cost as devices that do a whole heck of a lot more (xbox, dvd players, av receivers etc). The only thing new I see here is the “social” aspect of it, and maybe I’m just a weirdo, but I hate facebook/twitter et al and would never buy/consider a device that’s “social based”…ugh

    And to add insult to injury it “requires” an android device? Even Apple allowed the Apple TV to be free of a requirement of other Apple hardware.

    Someone over at Google is smoking crack

  • wctaylor79

    $299 to do what my $10 hdmi cable does. nvm

  • Wow apple tv sells for about 100 and has tons more. Switching to the iphone keeps looking better and better.

  • Where does Google TV fit into all of this?

  • Does this also include Google TV? If not, why not just combine them?

  • duke69111

    This kind of seams pointless, especially @ $300

  • nessthiss

    Did they not learn anything from the Revue? That price point for something that no one really wants or needs is outrageous. It’s overpriced by about $225-$250. It lets you and your friends create playlists while you’re in the same room. Who does this? Who has people over and sits around queuing up dozens of Youtube videos?

  • supuni

    i think i like this.

  • $300 for this is insulting.

  • DeathfireD

    I’ll stick with Boxee.

  • RoadsterHD1

    useless for me.

  • Gerald Edmondson

    There’s no reason why this should have
    to be a separate device. They should have incorporated this feature
    into the Google TV or added it to an already exciting device.

  • Agreed with most. My Xbox does a heck of a lot more at a comparable price. Next…

  • Taylor

    It is a bueautoful device tho

  • What do I need this for?

  • Jackson

    Nexus dropped to 349.00

  • FortitudineVincimus

    they 100% lost me at the dreadful “social” aspect. And then I puked in my mouth at the $300 price tag.

  • socalrailroader

    300 bucks for that? Uh uh, nope.

  • InyRules

    Meh… All I need is to stream movies on my PC to my TV, and my PS3 does that just fine, PLUS plays blu-rays and video games. Is their a big enough market for this sort of thing?

    • Dapke

      Same here. Xbox does a good job streaming most, and has future content coming to expand those options. Or someone could get a Roku for $50. Much cheaper options present than the Q.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      I was hoping for a better interface than youtube on ps3 or files from network via ps3, but no way would i pay 300 for this Q thing when the consoles are less.

    • WAldenIV

      I can’t imagine there is. This seems like a huge miss by Google.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    300 is too steep for this. I love the concept, but seriously folks.

  • McDroid

    I believe an Xbox can do pretty much all this and a lot more for the same price. Also Ceton must be ticked at the name, they are launching a media streaming/dvr that is also named “Q”

    • Daniel Clifford

      Agreed. Big Nexus fan, but the Xbox steams things just fine for me.

    • I don’t have a live gold membership, so can’t do as much streaming on my xbox.

  • Tres Waters

    Er mer Gerrrd! After most likely getting the Nexus 7 I’m going to need some help in acquiring the funding for this so I’m going to be performing “intimate” acts at 2 dollars a pop(giggity). I just got..uhh, “intimate” with myself and put my 2 dollars into the “Q jar”…who’s next?

    • Tres Waters

      The only reason I’m excited about this (and can justify the price tag) is the ability to pick and choose different rooms in the house to play to

      • jeepguy04

        But different rooms at $300 a pop… ouch

  • jackson


  • link is not working. but this looks and sounds pretty cool. i dont know about the price tag tho… but that nexus 7 looks good.

  • Like the idea. Have bunch of friends over watching the TV with everyone controlling and adding content from their seats. Too expensive though.

  • MKader17

    Did they stuff Google TV in that thing? Otherwise, why the heck is it so expensive?

  • Jared Gould

    $300 for a DLNA media center? That doesn’t do anything a Google TV implementation can’t/shouldn’t?

    • Good point. New Google TV’s should have this built in. Hope that happens in the next gen models.

      • shaun.ober

        root your Google tv device and just throw it on yourself?

        • Will it be that easy? Will you still be able to use it as a Google TV? Hopefully, yes. Time will tell how good or bad this really is.

    • panicswhenubered

      I can buy a freaking Xbox360 for a hundred dollars less….

    • not really


  • IMNS

    No sir, I didn’t like it,

    • Trevor

      Haha, awesome

  • digitalicecream

    Can I use it to control my satellite TV or is this another redundant device?

  • Works in CE

    Does android have the mass following where people will want to invest in its ecosystem or just use it as a good smartphone?

  • Sp4rxx

    Nice, but pricey … knock off $100 and you have me sold.

  • Hmmm… Wasn’t missing this device in my life, I don’t think. I am probably too old though. When I was 15 or so it would have been cool to create group playlists and share… I didn’t have $300 bucks then though. I was excited, thinking that it would be a cool LAN media streaming device but alas, no.

  • White Nexus 7 looks nice.

  • David Cohen

    300 for the near equivalent of a 100 airport express?

  • Scott Willenborg

    Overheard at my house with this… “STOP F-ING WITH MY PLAYLIST!!!”

  • Sean Wood

    AND.. overpriced item #1

  • tyguy829

    there keynote better be pretty good to convince me this thing is worth $300. not going to be an easy sell though…

  • sahilm

    I think $300 is a bit much for this.

    • Andrew

      I’ll wait for it to drop to the $100-$150 zone. At that price point I’m in.

    • ya, what up with that? $300, those are crapple like prices!

      • panicswhenubered

        The only problem is, they’re not crapple like prices. It’s 3x crapple prices! This thing needs to be $99 for me buy it.

    • Google definitely should have made a point that this thing is designed AND manufactured in the US, hence the $299 price point. But after watching the promo video…it is definitely still not worth $299 with the features it’s touting…unless it is a full-fledged android device complete with android UI and network capable.