Nexus Q, which is dubbed as the first social streaming media player, is now available on Google Play. The device was announced during last month’s Google I/O conference along with the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
In a nutshell, the Nexus Q is a small black sphere that allows users to stream content from the cloud onto a screen, something that the Google Nexus 7 does not offer. The Nexus Q works with the Youtube and Google Play app to get content.
The advantage in using Nexus Q is that with everything stored on the cloud, there will be no need to download or sync. It also eliminates the problem of limited storage capacity. Among the media it can play are music, movies, television shows, and Youtube content.
The device comes with an amplifier that is said to be made for music lovers and may be connected right into an HDTV using an HDMI or cable as well as to speakers. The volume of the sound may be adjusted via the Nexus Q itself, a phone, or a tablet. Thirty-two LED lights installed on the device are programmed to change in color in tune with the sound.
Furthermore, a feature called Guest Mode means friends can join in on deciding what music the device plays by connecting to the device through a WiFi network using an Android-based device. It is also possible to link several of these devices within a single location.
Google is expected to add new features to the media player soon, something which it hinted at during I/O. Already, developers have taken interest in the device, introducing games and apps on the player via CyanogenMod.
Reportedly, the device is still not available outside the US, so international users may have to wait at the moment or choose alternatives.
Once ordered from the Play Store, the device ships in 3 to 5 days. It carries a price tag of $299.