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Google Reportedly Working to Release “Nexus TV” During First Half of 2014

According to a recent report from The Information, who has a source inside of Google, the search giant will continue its reach into the living room with the introduction of Nexus TV. The device is said to be a set stop box, much like a regular Google TV box, but Nexus TV won’t handle any actual TV broadcasts. Instead, the company will stayed focused on delivering the Web and all of its rich content right to your HDTV, much like they are doing with the Chromecast dongle. 

From what the source states, we could see a Nexus TV box within the first half of 2014, possibly in time for the next Google I/O conference which takes place in San Francisco every year.

Nexus TV? What do you think?

Via: The Information
  • Oli72

    Nexus for life. My money is waiting.

  • Bell brown

    It is very nice to know about this. Thanks for sharing


  • d-rock

    Not sure where I saw it, but did see that google is working on implementing plug in support for their mobile browsers. Not all of them would work, but I think you would definitely see a google cast. Not to mention, when the SDK comes out, we should see Chromecast functionality expanded exponentially.

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    I think the should focus on an sdk for the chrome cast as promised and stop being so hyperactive when it comes to the living room.

  • Bailey

    And while the geekiverse will continue to throw Google their undying support no matter what, all you need for the general consumer to abandon Google’s forays into other devices is a pattern of random/limited/zero support to manifest itself. Google’s “kitchen sink” approach will end up biting them in the ass if they think they can release a bunch of consumer devices and then just drop support because reasons. They’ll get excoriated on every site that allows consumer reviews and the Chrome/Nexus/Whatever brand becomes toxic to the general populace.

  • Thomas Mc

    Chromecast has been such a phenomenal flop, they no doubt intend to replace it with this. It will probably be just as useless, too.

    Save your money, and buy a generic android tv box. Then you won’t have the severe limitations on which apps you can use, as you do with Google TV, Chromecast, or Nexus TV.

  • VBM

    Why? They have Chromecast, Play Movies & TV and more importantly Google Fiber… I’m in MD (DMV area) and I want Google Fiber damn it!

  • laheelahee

    where’s my Google Wireless & Google Internet ??

    • AbbyZFresh

      Phone companies and Comcast have too much power for Google to challenge them. That’s why Fiber is only in certain small cities.

      Plus do you seriously want Google to literally take over everything you use involving technology? I don’t think so.

      • laheelahee

        sure, if they offer the best options. it’s all about choices. isn’t that what we want? not to mention the competition will drive prices down.

        plus, if they had too much of a monopoly, the government would probably break it up into smaller companies (like they did w/ at&t years ago)

        • Big_EZ

          The government creates monopolies in most cities. They only allow one carrier free reigns to the city until another carrier pays the politicians more $, or a non corrupt politician (oxymoron) gets into office.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Didn’t Google learn their lesson from the Nexus Q faillure? Don’t step into this market. It’s not for you Google.

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    Cable card support + dvr abilities or I’m not buying it.

    • sc0rch3d

      gah i’m so F****** sick of paying for cable THEN paying a fee for the box to use it. i can plug my freaking TV directly into the router! server up the content without a box!

  • brkshr

    They need to step it up from Google TVs. I don’t want to see them tarnish the Nexus name.

  • geedee82

    I’m still waiting for the new nexus 10!

    • WhereIsTony

      I’m still waiting for the dock for the Original Nexus 10.

  • jamdev12

    I say it is a waste of money. People are moving to mobile everything. What is a TV going to do for me? I watch TV once in a while and when I mean I while I mean like once a month. Everything I do is on a mobile device.

    • NGagen

      You are in the minority. I think you underestimate how much people watch TV… I watch a solid 30+ hours a week, there is no way I’m watching that on a mobile device. There are also minimal methods to receive broadcasts as they air (which is very important to me).

    • Big_EZ

      I have moved to mobile for 99.9% of my browsing since I got my first Android phone, but I only watch a few shows on my phone, and that’s only if I didn’t get to record it on my DVR.

  • Daniel J. Peters

    I wonder if this will end up being a somewhat more robust HTPC offering? Something that’s still cheap (sub $100), but more powerful than a chromecast?

  • kfath1978

    So what about Google TV? Abandon ship?? Good thing I bought a lg TV with google TV built in.

    • Big_EZ

      I wish Samsung would use G-TV instead of their crap. I’m sick of their phones, but their TV’s are the best available.

  • cmdub

    I’m more curious to know what the staff thinks about the new site The Information

    could almost care less about the nexus TV right now(ill care more when we hear more about it)

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Maybe they are releasing a first party Google TV called Nexus TV. Since all their “first party” devices are nexus. Just a thought

  • p0k3y

    I guess that explains why no improvement has been made to the $35 power sucker that I have now stuck to the back of my TV. I guess it was too good to be true after all.

    • Adrynalyne

      So you didn’t notice that HBO Go now works? How about pandora?

      Did you know that google has pushed several otas to it since release?

      • p0k3y

        I cut my cords long ago, so no HBO for me. Until it can play any video from an Android device, or even from the Android Chrome, I remain disappointed with its limited use.

        • Adrynalyne

          The problem with google is nothing happens quickly. We are still waiting for the SDK to be finished before said apps can exist.

          Heck, Android Studio was announced how long ago? Its still not even in beta. To me, that is a bigger disappointment.

          • p0k3y

            Yep. They have been getting too big – same problem Microsoft found themselves in 5-10 yrs ago. And look where they are. Even though I like Android, I can’t help but rooting for the fruit company sometimes, because we need competition to keep everyone moving.

        • Allan

          It can play any video from an Android device with the AllCast app…

          • p0k3y

            Nope, AllCast doesn’t work with Chromecast any more.

          • Allan

            Ah that’s right. Forget I use my Xbox instead now.

          • Big_EZ

            Now you have to be rooted for that access, and most units you buy are no longer rootable (for now)

          • duke69111


  • Richard Jackson

    I remember the Nexus Q. I had high hopes for it but it didn’t even make it out the gate.

  • NexusMan

    What’s the point? If this is true, there’s got to be something more to it than that.

  • Maxim∑

    work on nexus 10…. we already have a chromecast and it works great

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    tablet on my wall.

    • Adrynalyne

      Planning on buying a big touchscreen TV? :p

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        not exactly, the source says something about kinect like sensors. so with gestures and some app tuning i think its possible. Google is a major player in voice so thats some kind of input. open up some room in the app market too.

        • Adrynalyne

          Interesting. I think Microsoft might have Google beat there, however.

  • EC8CH

    How is this going to be different / better than chromecast?

    If it has a UI on the TV I’m skeptical its better than chromecast.

    • joseph barrientos

      maybe more of an apple tv control where you can browse on the screen rather than “casting” it, less lag time for local/streamed videos and presentations. could be wrong tho

  • ITGuy11

    Can’t wait to unlock my TV’s bootloader and ROM the hell out of it lol!

    • Adrynalyne

      You make it sound like you are taking a girl’s virginity 😉

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    My Question is….will the Box be replacing Chrome Cast? I’m assuming it will support streaming from devices…would only make sense.

    • Balthazar_B

      More likely to incorporate some Chromecast tech. Odd thing is Chromecast has a subset of Chrome OS underlying it, while the Nexus TV box rumors are all about Android.

      • Raven

        Actually, the ChromeCast itself has very little to do with ChromeOS. It runs a stripped down Linux with a simple dedicated GUI cast receiver binary. So, if anything, a ChromeCast is closer related to Android than ChromeOS. I think it was only named ChromeCase to push the Chrome name and because you can “Cast” to it from the Chrome browser.

  • Sankyou

    Weird. I like GoogleTV but they seem to be giving up on it. So much potential to lead to this?

  • Bill Anderson

    How ’bout they just focus on releasing the Chromecast API, m’kay?

    • Adrynalyne

      You meant SDK 😉

      I agree.

      • Bill Anderson

        Yes, Thanks 🙂

    • Thomas Mc

      Too late. Xmas shopping season is already here, and app developers won’t have their apps out until the new year. This product had only one season to make it, and it won’t. By spring it will be forgotten. Google has already announced its replacement: “Nexus TV”. Smart buyers will get a generic Android TV stick, instead. It can do a million times more, and might even cost you less.

      • rthvk

        I doubt it’s even possible for them to undercut the Chromecast without sacrificing functionality.

        I’m pretty happy with my CC for the price, though that may be because I got the three-month Netflix promo with it.

  • TSON1

    I got really excited because I thought they were going to release an actual TV that was affordable and internet connected.


    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Why would you want an actual TV from Google? Just plug the box into your TV.

      • TSON1

        Because it would be affordable, I wouldn’t be wasting an input, it would be future-looking in terms of both specs and hardware.. Not to mention Google is full over revolutionary ideas. There’s a lot of things that TVs COULD do that they don’t already, and most of those are software-based, not things that would be particularly useful through hardware without a mess of wires.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          TVs aren’t affordable is what I’m trying to say. You can’t skimp on a TV. High quality panels are expensive. And people don’t just buy TVs when they already have one. Business wise Google wouldn’t do something like that.

          • TSON1

            Cell phones weren’t affordable off contract, either, remember? When I hear “Nexus”, I hear “low markup”. TV’s traditionally don’t have huge markups, but every bit counts. When you start getting into Smart TVs, that’s when you see some crazy numbers. You see manufacturers throwing 400-500 dollar markups just for copy-paste software from other TVs in their lineup and a Wi-Fi receiver, which is honestly dumb.

            We could use a nice disturbance in the TV market, and the ol’ Goog could use some help in the Google TV marketshare department as well. It makes sense, especially in the wake of all of these Apple-made TV rumors.

  • Adrynalyne

    They are just throwing sh*t at the wall to see if it sticks….

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s not exactly a secret that, that’s what Google does.

    • rthvk

      That’s reserved for Samsung 😛

      • Adrynalyne



      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Who’s this? Show yourself!

        • rthvk

          Moi? Did I do something wrong? 😛

  • marko358

    Google TV, Chromecast, Nexus TV…what the heck are they doing over there? Do any of the divisions at that company actually talk to each other?

    • anna willoughby

      Kitchen sink. Google has the money to spend on that kind of thing, so they try every iteration and see what works.

      • michael arazan

        Wish they would focus more on getting Fiber out to the masses, then give me a smart TV and products to utilize it after I have a Gbps.

    • NeedName

      Well, they thought they knew what they were doing and released the Q. . . and that died a miserable death, and they realized they didn’t have a clue what they were doing. Therefore, they went back to the drawing board and and now floating out two new ideas — the simplistic streaming device (Chrome Cast) and the full on “Android TV game console” — at least that’s my guess 🙂

      • Gabernasher

        Or the Q was a test they priced extremely high to only get those who were truly interested to beta test the concept. From its ashes came the Chromecast at a dirt cheap price.

      • Thomas Mc

        Let’s face it, Google is clueless when it comes to designing new products. They should stick to what they know.

        • NeedName

          they really do seem to have a design problem in the company.

          • DainLaguna

            all the issues google has, designsdesign’s not one of them. Overlapping products when it comes to television however is a different story

        • a3uge

          Or they can continue to create revolutionary technologies like Google Glass and self driving cars…

    • I was about to say the same thing. Other examples are Chrome OS vs. Android & Google Play Music vs. (the rumored) YouTube Music subscription service. Ironically, this is exactly the kind of thing Google was supposedly moving away from under Larry Page.