Good news for all Australian Google users. The Google Nexus Player will finally be arriving in Australia. It will be available to customers from the Land Down Under in the week of April 27, 2015. Gizmodo Australia reports that the said device will be priced at $129 and will be sold at Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi.
If you like using sites such as Stan, Netflix or Presto, then the Google Nexus Player is the device for you. It is a small, disc-shaped player that can be used to watch movies, shows and games on your TV.
The official website of Google Nexus posted the device’s specifications, or specs including 8GB of storage, Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics, 1 GB of RAM and a 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™ processor. Below are some of its other features.
Google Nexus Player Specs:
Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
Chipset: 2D/3D Engine
Ports: 18W DC power, HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz), Micro-USB 2.0
Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
Google Nexus Player Remote Specs:
Dimensions: 37mm x 140mm x 16mm
Weight: 40g (excluding batteries)
Voice Search capability
The remote uses 2 AAA batteries which are already included in box. Aside from the player, remote and batteries, the Power adapter, Quick-start guide and Warranty, Safety and Regulatory booklet will also be found in the Google Nexus Player’s box upon purchase.
The Google Nexus Player console, which is manufactured by Asus, will be the first device that will use Google’s Android TV operating system. Ausdroid reports that Google will also bring Android TV to Australia. Its arrival will coincide with the sale of the Google Nexus Player in the week of April 27, 2015. There will also be a game controller for the console which will be sold separately for $49 at JB HiFi and Dick Smith.
The official website of Android TV boasts that its device is a smarter television because it offers personalised content with recommendations from YouTube and Google Play. Apps will also appear automatically on the home screen. Plus, it has the Voice Search technology with allows users to simply say what they want to watch or see and then, Android TV will automatically look for it.
The Google Nexus Player can also be used like a Chromecast, which means it’s possible to resume what you have watched on one mobile device then continue it on another. The only difference is that the Google Nexus Player has a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi (802.11ac 2×2 MIMO). To know more about Google Nexus Player and Android TV, click here and here.
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