Nexus Player

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Nexus Player
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Developer Google, Asus
Manufacturer Asus
Type Digital media player, set-top box, microconsole
Release date November 3, 2014
Introductory price
Discontinued May 24, 2016
Operating system Original: Android 5.0 "Lollipop"
Current: Android 8.0 "Oreo"
CPU 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560
Imagination PowerVR G6430 Graphics 2D/3D Engine (1080p[1])
Memory 1 GB LPDDR3
Storage 8 GB internal eMMC
Input Android phones/tablets, Android Wear, Nexus Player remote, Asus Gamepad, Bluetooth audio devices and HIDs
Connectivity
Online services
Dimensions 120 mm (4.7 in) diameter
20 mm (0.79 in) H
Weight 235 g (8.3 oz)
Predecessor Nexus Q
Website Asus website

The Nexus Player is a digital media player co-developed by Google, Intel and Asus. It is the second media player in the Google Nexus family of consumer devices. Originally running the Android 5.0 ("Lollipop") operating system, it is the first device to employ the Android TV platform. The Nexus player supports Google Cast, the feature for selecting and controlling media playback on a television that was first introduced by Chromecast.

On May 24, 2016, Google discontinued direct sales of the Nexus Player.[2] On May 2017, Google announced that Google Assistant is coming to the Nexus Player later in the year.[3] In November 2017, the Assistant was pushed onto the device through the monthly security update.[4] In March 2018, Google confirmed that the Nexus Player would not receive Android P and that security updates had also ended for the device.[5]

Release[edit]

The Nexus Player was unveiled on October 15, 2014, and made available for pre-order two days later on the Google Play Store for $99,[6] and later made available for purchase at retail stores in the US.[7]

Hardware[edit]

It is powered by a 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor with 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 8 GB of internal eMMC storage.[8]

Remote control[edit]

The Nexus Player comes bundled with a Bluetooth remote control, with a direction pad & middle enter button, a back, home and play/pause button. It also features a button to activate the Google Search application to search for content by speaking through the remote's built-in microphone. The device can also be controlled by any Android smartphone with Google Play services. The app also features an Wear OS counterpart to allow remote input from compatible smartwatches.

Features[edit]

The Nexus Player and Android TV allows consumers to use an HDTV set to play music, watch video originating from Internet services or a local network, and play games (Emulators and Android Games). The primary interface is interacted with using a remote with a D-pad dial and 5 buttons. The remote also includes a microphone for voice search functions within supported apps and the main system interface. Android TV can be paired with Bluetooth gaming controllers to interact with the system interface / applications, as well as, playing games. Android TV also includes all features and streaming capabilities of the Chromecast device.

FCC difficulties[edit]

During its initial days on sale, the Nexus Player was pulled from the Google Play Store because it had not passed FCC certification.[9] Two days later, the device returned to the Play Store after receiving said certification.

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