Google and ASUS are announcing their Nexus Player, which just so happens to be the first Android TV device, is now available for sale on the Play Store.
The Nexus Player retails for $99 and comes with a remote control that has voice controls as well as be used to play casual games. Users will also be able to pair their Android phone, tablet, or Android Wear device to be used as a remote through the use of a downloadable remote app. The Nexus Player can also be paired with a gamepad to allow for Android gaming on the users’ HDTV, although it costs and extra $39.
The Nexus Player is completely Google Cast-ready and already has support of a number of applications, which include YouTube, Food Network, Hulu Plus, Netflix, PBS Kids and more.
As for its specs, the Nexus Player features a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of eMMC storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low energy (BLE), a micro-USB port and 1080p HDMI output.
Now that the Nexus Player is available for purchase, how many of you are seriously considering picking it up, especially after seeing what Android TV can do?
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After looking at these boxes for a while, I just can't get excited by this. The lone stand-out feature is the casting, but even that is mostly redundant with apps that just run on the box. Even just having access to Play (video) isn't an exclusive now that Roku's been able to add it. So, Android gaming on the couch?
Not sure that's a driving factor until more games are designed for that configuration since I feel that requires game design around the controller instead of touch controls. Not enough games support controllers that I'm aware or. At least spec-wise it's comparable to the competition.
So, that leaves Android TV. I was excited about this when they showed it at CES, but now and kinda as I inch more to being a cord cutter, I'm not sure it's really worth it. Am I thinking about Android TV wrong?