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First Look: Google Nexus Q media streamer

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First Look: Google Nexus Q media streamer

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The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

Hey I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET and we're gonna take a look at that Google nexus here. Now it may look like a mysterious -- it's actually streaming media device designed by Google. Manufactured entirely in the United States and it's selling for 300 dollars. The Google -- -- doesn't look like any other streaming media device on the market and the hardware is really quite impressive. The bottom half of this here is all metal which makes it feel solidly built and get that some serious -- coming in and around two pounds. The top half -- plastic with a matte black finish and it rotates letting you adjust the volume and if you tap on the tiny light patents it. Here's a ring of colorful LEDs around the senator knows what's actually respond to music when its plan. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Around back is -- connectivity and there are four recess sports the optical audio output. Ethernet micro HDMI. And a micro USB port. Above those ports are the speaker jacks and that's because -- nexus -- has a built in 25 watt amplifier. That means it can power a set of speakers without the need for separate AV receiver similar to a -- Inside there's dual band Wi-Fi Bluetooth and FC and the nexus Q runs Android four point oh with sixteen gigabytes of Flash Memory. One gigabyte -- ram and a dual core processor. Now when you open up the box for the nexus Q that you may be surprised to find that there's no remote and that's because it requires an Android device to control it. So if you don't have an Android phone or tablet. You can't use a nexus Q at all. And -- I just used micro HDMI port and display videos cover art visualization from music there's no way to navigate the device on screen. Everything is on the screen of your Android device. Now -- -- a hardware is a nexus Q can only do three things right now Google play music Google play TVs in movies and UTU. And although it feels a little like airplay when you're using it it's actually a little different because the nexus -- only streams content from the -- So if you have media stored on your phone you can't send it directly to the nexus Q. It also can handle any other apps so there's -- Netflix Hulu plus MLB dot TV pandora Spotify you get the idea. It can't -- me off your own -- -- -- servers and there's no way to view photos even from Google's Picasa or Google+ services. And all these limitations are particularly hard to swallow 100 dollar Apple TV -- fifty dollar roku LT can do a lot of that. And that's the main story with the nexus Q -- -- seriously cool piece of hardware but it really doesn't do that much especially for 300 dollars device. Maybe the nexus -- we'll get more features in the future either from Google or the hacking community but right now it's just not an attractive product. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET and this is the Google nexus.

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