Nexus Player review: Specs of the Android TV set-top box Nexus Player include a 1.8Ghz quad-core Intel Atom processor and a 1GB RAM, not to mention the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Impressive? Possibly, since this digital streamer seems intent on ensuring your TV is reached by Android’s landscape.
The puck-shaped device, which was launched together with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, allows you to stream different media and other applications on your TV via HDMI.
It weighs 235 grams and holds a 120 x 120 x 20 mm dimensions.
Some of the famous apps for digital TV are accessible via the Nexus Player, including Netflix and Hulu.
There are also Android apps and games that can run on the Nexus Player.
One key downside though for the Nexus Player is that there are only 75 apps for the unit at the moment.
The selection is no match to what Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire has.
It remains to be seen if the Nexus Player will appease the market, but its possible that the Nexus Player’s (or its potential future iterations) may have greater appeal if this pool of app resources increase.
Using a Bluetooth remote control, a circular D-pad with a selection of buttons, you can control the Nexus Player to flip through the apps.
There is also the Android TV remote app, which you can download, enabling you to download and install the control device onto any handset.
Another way to control your Nexus Player is via a voice search function.
Though it’s well-designed, have a premium built and show potential, the Nexus Player has its own challenge, it’s very own Google Chromecast.
The streaming stick maybe catching on well, thus far, and could either stunt its growth because of the Nexus Player or eat up the potential market of the Android set-top box altogether.
“Chromecast is pretty much the perfect product for most people.
It’s cheap at around $35, and as long as you have an Android or iOS device, or a Chromebook or other laptop running Google’s Chrome, then you can make use of one,” Forbes Magazine wrote.
It will take a few more months before we can validate if the Nexus Player does have the chance in the market, but for now, we’ll wait and see.