- user friendly
According to Google, the Nexus Q device streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. All a user has to do is use the Google Play and YouTube apps on their Android phone or Android tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music. The device will also play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. Furthermore, There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love to have available for you at home and out loud
The new Google device was released during the 2012 Google I/O developers conference both for free to all attendees and for $299 to anyone wanting to buy one from home from the Google Play store. The device is a mid-point between your media devices, like your HDTV or stereo, and your Android device or devices.
The best part of the device is that its super lightweight, coming in at only two-pounds. Furthermore, the top half of the Nexus Q now works as both a volume knob and a power on/off button. The center hole near the top also acts as a light sensor. The touch-responsiveness across the top half will allow a user to mute the device. The bottom of the device has a rubbery stopper so that you’re not rolling about, while the back of the device has all way of connection ports. You’ve got two ports for right and two for left for your audio, you’ve got an optical out port, Ethernet port, microHDMI port, and microUSB port. Below all of that you’ve got a power port which connects with the cord you’re given in the box. This unit also ships with a microHDMI to full-sized HDMI converter cord so you can use the thing right out of the box
To activate the device and to control it a user must download the Nexus Q app from the Google Play store with a device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This is the least software need, however Google has announced it is sure to change rather quickly as it actually says that only Android 2.3 Gingerbread is required in the app’s description in the store. For now, a user will need a Galaxy Nexus with the software upgrade or a Nexus 7 Tablet.
Nexus Q Overall Product Review:
- Attractively designed
- Built-in amp
- Integrates well with Android Music and YouTube apps
- NFC app link is handy for Android device supports NFC
- Requires an Android smartphone or tablet to work
- Can’t play video stored on your Android device
- No Netflix or Hulu Plus
- No streaming audio apps
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