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Googlicious: Google's working on a Nexus set-top box

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Googlicious: Google's working on a Nexus set-top box

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The latest details on Google's next attempt to rule the living room, Android KitKat gets updated and holiday ornaments that a Fandroid can't resist.

-What's up, Brian Tong here and welcome to Googlicious. It's all the Google thrown into a show, which we saw-- let's get to it and Google has tried like really tried to rule your living room with their Google TV platform that's had little success. They've also had their Nexus Q streaming sphere that's pretty much dead and their $35 Chromecast, which is finally something we're talking about, but still they haven't built a real winner. Now, we've heard rumors of a set-top box as far back as June, but according to the tech blog, the information. Their sources say the Googs is working on a Nexus branded set-top box that runs Android includes streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and will also play games as well. Now the Nexus set-top box will also have a remote with a built-in touchpad and they say it could arrive as early as the first half of 2014 with an aggressive price tag. Now, none of Google's previous attempts have been able to gain any mainstream traction in the living room is still up for grabs between the Google, Apple and Amazon and all three of these guys are already competing against Sony and Microsoft's Game Consoles. Now the latest release of Android 4.4.1 Kitkat has been ruled out to more Nexus devices including the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 phones and the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets. The update also has code relating to video output and Chromecast mirroring that was discovered by The Cyanogen team. Now all signs points, the API locking things down to specific devices, Chromecast mirroring works a whole lot better on Chromebooks and laptops compared to other Android devices right now, but the hope is that it could eventually change. And sticking with the Chromecast, let's check out a quick how-to showing you how to access some of its hidden features. -I'm Dan Graziano and I'm here with Google's $35 Chromecast. This small dongle connects to your HDMI port on the back of your TV and allows you to wirelessly stream content from your computer or Android iOS device. The Chromecast currently supports YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Netflix and HBO GO, while Android users also have access to movies and TV shows that they purchase from the Google Play store. But there are also other ways to stream content to your TV using the Chromecast. You should already have the Google Cast extension installing your Chrome browser. If not, go down with it from the Chrome Web store. This will allow you to cast content from your computer to your TV. What you may not know is that the Chromecast can actually near your computer's entire screen. Click on the Google Cast extension and from the drop-down menu, select cast entire screen. It's also possible the cast locally stored files from your computer to your TV. Opening a browser tab and press control O on Windows or command O on Mac. Select the File and then cast the browser tab from the Google Cast extension. If you're encountering choppy playback or dealing with a lot of buffering issues while casting, try lowering your streaming settings. Click on the Google Cast extension in your browser, select Options and low your streaming quality to 480p. Your videos may look a little worse, but you should be able to watch them without interruption. -Thanks for that Dan. Now, we've talked about the Nexus 10 and it really might be released by the time you watch this. According to Evleaks who is consistently on top of it, they confirmed that the LG V510 leaked images we've seen are indeed a Nexus device. Now, it's just one little tidbit of info that gets you closer to Google's next big screen tablet with the end of the year coming up. And Samsung unveiled the Galaxy J for Taiwan. It was teased with this just simple, just elegant trailer is the same auto launch in Japan and it's basically a Galaxy S4 with a Snapdragon 800 processor and 3 gigs of RAM running Android 4.3 out of the box. Now it comes in red, white, and blue, but it isn't expected to make it outside of Asia. And let's check out some really quick stories. I don't know how I miss this one for all of you, but Motorola now owned by Google, they filed for a PAN application that was made public in November for a smart tattoo that would act as a microphone for your smartphone. Now this is not a joke. This is real. It would be able to connect to your smartphone and the tattoo would also double as a lie detector. Now, check this out. This image shows the tattoo on your neck, but the application doesn't mention if it will work with tramp stamps. And we'll end things with a little holiday cheer. Dead Zebra is where you'll find the works of artist, Andrew Bell known for many things including its collectible Android minis. Well, on December 10th, Dead Zebra is releasing ornamental Android figurines that are actual ornaments and they come in red or blue metallic finishes with silver glitter accents. Now, these guys are really cool. They're limited and they'll be selling for $10 a pop with quantities limited to two per person, so definitely we're checking out or giving to one of your Phandroid friends. All right, that's gonna do for this week's show, email us at googlicious@cnet.com or you can tweet me @briantong and I'll respond you when I can. Thank you so much for watching and we'll see you guys next time for some more of that Googlicious. -Googlicious.

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