The Nexus Player is made by Asus and is powered by a 1.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It comes as a little box you stick into your home entertainment cabinet that opens up the world of Android apps, shows, movies and games to your TV. It has Google’s new Android TV operating system on board, a major improvement on Google TV. The system has voice search, syncs you content across all your Android devices, and comes with personalized recommendations that appear automatically on your home screen, based on all the data Google collects about you.
Moreover, it doubles as a Chromecast, but it has a much more reliable WiFi – dual-band 802.11ac – which will provide better streaming. You can play content from PC, smartphone or tablet, regardless of Android, iOS, Windows, and so on. The remote control is pretty basic – it only has four buttons and a d-pad, and the interface is slick and easy to use.
The Nexus Player will be the first Android TV device in Australia. For $129, you can purchase it starting April 28 from retailers JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith, where it’s currently available to pre-order.