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Meet Google's Nexus Q

Hefty in the hand

A bottom view

General

Another peek at the underside

What's inside

Available soon

Announced at Google I/O today, the Nexus Q is a first of its class connected device that lets you stream music, video, and photos wirelessly to connected devices.
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Although matte black right now, a ring of LED lights will light up like Saturn when you engage it. If you connect the Q to a TV, you'll also get a visualizer when music plays.
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The Q is heavy and unwieldy, a bit like a bowling ball. Its flat base feels sturdy when set on a table.
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On the back of the Nexus Q there's a Micro-HDMI output, an optical audio port, Ethernet jack, and a Micro-USB port for "general hackability."
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You can control the Nexus Q with your Android smartphone, and it also has built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC (near-field communication) support.
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The Nexus Q has 16GB of onboard flash memory and 1GB of RAM. It supports a few Google apps, including Play Music, Movies, and TV, as well as YouTube.
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The Nexus Q's sticker price is $300 and will begin shipping out mid-July.
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