Google unveils the Nexus Q 'social streaming media player'

The device lets users stream entertainment from Google Play and YouTube to other devices around the house.

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Google has unveiled a new media streamer before taking the stage at its I/O conference.

Dubbed the Nexus Q, the orblike device is being called by Google the "first social streaming media player." A page on the Google Play store Web site says that it "streams your favorite entertainment from Google Play and YouTube to the biggest speakers and screen in the house."

The device will work with HD movies, television shows, and YouTube videos, as well as music. Users will be able to access the entertainment on their smartphone or tablet, and set it to play on the Nexus Q from those devices. It's worth noting, however, that the Nexus Q requires devices running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher with access to Google Play to work. The device will also need to connect to a Wi-Fi router, and be connected to separate speakers or an HDTV.

The Nexus Q will be available only in the U.S. and will start shipping in two to three weeks. The device will set customers back $299.

Here's a video detailing on how the device works:

More to come.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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