First Look: Google Nexus Q media streamer
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Google Nexus Q media streamer

2:55 /

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.

New releases

Use Airplane mode to charge your...
1:55 July 22, 2014
Is it a fact or fiction that enabling Airplane mode on your device will result in a faster charge? CNET's...
Play video
Nvidia unveils Shield Tablet for...
2:55 July 22, 2014
Mobile gaming continues to evolve with Nvidia's latest gaming tablet, Netflix tests a privacy mode, and the...
Play video
LG Optimus L70 serves up 4G and...
1:29 July 22, 2014
Available on prepaid carrier MetroPCS, the Optimus L70 features a dual-core processor, a 4.5-inch screen,...
Play video
The 404 1,529: Where we can't help...
40:22 July 22, 2014
A promotional tweet with #twitterpurge shows why we can't have nice things, Sony brings back the Walkman in...
Play video
A waterproof phone that doesn't...
3:26 July 21, 2014
The $149.99 Kyocera Hydro Icon is waterproof, but inconsistent call quality holds it back.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 021: New video capture...
21:24 July 21, 2014
We're geeking out today over a new way to capture motion, a funny way to Rickroll people, and the Episode...
Play video
Canon EOS Rebel T5: Canon's entry-level...
3:00 July 21, 2014
This basic dSLR doesn't stand out from the competition.
Play video
Push fitness tracker puts focus...
1:43 July 21, 2014
Need something more serious than a Fitbit? The Push armband measures force, power, and velocity during a...
Play video
 

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre