Under the radar of the media was the last hardware piece, Google announced at yesterday's Google I/O 2012 - the Google Nexus Q. the Nexus Q streams favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to the living room. It allows to use the Google Play and YouTube apps on an Android phone or tablet to surf for music, TV, movies and videos and the Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. It allows to choose a song from the Google Play Music app on the phone or tablet and play it instantly on the Nexus Q. Thousands of movies and TV shows are instantly available from Google Play on the Nexus Q.
Last but not least, it allows to watch the favorite YouTube videos and channels from the couch by just using the Android phone or tablet to search for a specific video or explore a category to find something new.
The Nexus Q has a state of the art, audiophile-grade amplifier built in so it can hook to speakers right up, alternatively it can use an optical or HDMI cable to connect to a AV receiver or HDTV. Once playing, the volume is controlled from the phone or tablet, or simply by turning the top half of Nexus Q. Touching the the top LED mutes the sound completely. The 32 LEDs that ring Nexus Q shift and change color in time to music. It even allows to choose favorite effects.
The Nexus Q costs US$ 299 and is now ready for pre-order in the U.S.
Cheers ~ Arne