Along with the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Android Lollipop, Google announced the first Android TV device: the Google Nexus Player. Here we bring you everything you need to know about the Google Nexus Player Android TV device, including release date, price, features and specs in the UK. Updated on 23/03/15. See also: 9 best media streamers UK: What's the best media steamer 2015?
What is the Google Nexus Player?
First things first, let us fill you in on what the Google Nexus Player is. It's a streaming media player made by Google and Asus that lets you watch movies, music and videos from your Android, iOS or Chrome device using Google Cast, and it's also an gaming device that lets you play Android games on your TV with a specifically designed gamepad.
It's the very first device running Google's Android TV platform, which was unveiled last year.
Google Nexus Player release date UK: When is the Google Nexus Player coming out?
Although it's been available in the US for a while, the long wait for a UK release date is nearly over. Google and Asus will launch the Nexus Player in Blighty this week on 26 March. Also see: 4 reasons we can't wait for Nexus Player to come to the UK
Google Nexus Player price UK: How much is the Nexus Player in the UK?
The price for the Goole Nexus Player in the UK is £79 which is £20 more than the recently reduced Apple TV and matches Amazon's Fire TV box. It will also have to take on the likes of the Google Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick and Sky Now TV Box.
You can pre-order the Google Nexus Player from Amazon and other retailers.
Google Nexus Player: Features
Now to take a closer look at what the Nexus Player to find out what it can do, what it looks like, and the features you'll get if you buy one. Also see: Google Chromecast vs Nexus Player: What is the difference?
The Google Nexus Player is a slim, puck-shaped device that doesn't look all that dissimilar to its Apple TV rival. It comes with a voice-activated remote control to match, and there's the option to purchase an additional Gamepad, much like the controller for the Xbox, if you're intending to use the Nexus Player to play lots of Android games.
Pressing the mic button on the remote control will allow you to say a film you want to watch to make it appear on the Nexus Player, much like the functionality of Google Now.
As mentioned above, the Nexus Player runs Google's Android TV. You'll get personalized entertainment recommendations including movies, TV, YouTube and more. You'll find streaming services such as Netflix on your Nexus Player, too, and expect more services to be added as Google updates the software.
If you've got content on another device, whether it's an Android tablet or smartphone, an iOS device a Mac or Windows machine or a Chromebook, you'll be able to use Google Cast to view that content on your television through the Nexus Player.
Plus, if you're using an Android device, you can sync it with your Nexus Player to allow you to pick up where you left off in a movie or TV show on your tablet or smartphone.
When it comes to gaming, you'll be able to play with friends using the free online multiplayer feature in Google Play Games on the Nexus Player, and your progress and achievements will be synced across all of your Android devices.
Google Nexus Player: Specs
Inside the Nexus Player is a 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board storage. It features the faster 802.11ac WiFi standard, and has a HDMI out port too.
As long as your TV has HDMI input, you have a WiFi connection and you also have a HDMI cable, the Nexus Player should work perfectly well with your TV.