Dec 06 AT 7:48 PM Alex Wagner 28 Comments

Google said to be prepping ‘Nexus TV’ set top box with support for streaming services, games

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Google is no stranger to the living room, having released its own Nexus Q and Chromecast media streamers in the past in addition to supporting its Google TV platform. A new report claims that the Big G isn’t stopping there, though, as it’s reportedly got a new set top box in the works.

The Information claims to have heard from a Google employee that the company is currently working on a Nexus-branded set top box that runs Android and not only includes support for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, but plays video games as well. The device will reportedly be controlled by a remote with a built-in touchpad. As far as availability goes, it’s said that this “Nexus TV” box could arrive as early as the first half of 2014, complete with a price tag that’s described as “aggressive.”

We’ve seen a number of Android-powered set top boxes in the past from companies like Logitech, Sony and Vizio, but so far there’s been no such product from Google itself. None of those other boxes were able to gain much traction with consumers, though, so it’ll be interesting to see if a Nexus-branded device made by Google will be able to do better. Would you buy a Nexus TV set top box that supports Netflix and plays video games?

Via: The Verge

Source: The Information

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  • thewildwon

    As long as I would be able to use my nexus 7 to control the box, similar to what Microsoft does with surface.

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  • Stanglifemike

    I already have a Sony TV with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Internet Browser, etc. Basically a general smart TV. I would buy the Nexus branded box if, and only IF, it will mirror my phone on to my TV! When the Sprint Evo LTE first came out (I had pre-ordered it) I bought the HTC Media Link HD. It works awesome and would mirror my phone perfectly! Just recently I found that I can stream to it from my Sprint Note 3. Only certain things can be streamed to it though, an games don’t work. I have a Samsung MHL Adapter that I can use, but I prefer to be wireless. If I want to connect a device with a wire, I use my Asus Infinity(TF700) because it has a mini HDMI port on the side of it. It works an looks great for gaming! I use one of my PS3 controllers with it, and it looks/sounds like console quality gaming! Most people think I’m playing my PS3 when they walk in. Many games actually look that good, and having GTA Vice City doesn’t hurt to add to the console effect! :-D
    I also bought the ChromeCast when it first came out. I already have a smart TV with the apps that the ChromeCast is capable of displaying, so I merely bought it with hopes that developers would be able to allow it to mirror your device, no matter what app you were in!! Well we all know how that has worked out (NOT AT ALL THANKS TO GOOGLE BLOCKING THAT ABILITY). At least I got 3 free months of Netflix, which I was already paying for, so it only cost me around $11. Not too bad I guess, but I’m still hoping that developers will be able to crack the ChromeCast to allow full device mirroring. I’m not giving up on that hope……maybe one day……
    Either way, if Google releases a Google TV set top box that WILL allow full device mirroring, then I’ll be buying it! Just HAS to allow multiple devices to be paired with it. I have 3 Android phones (1 primary and 2 backup) and 2 Android tablets(7″ N7 FHD and 10″ Asus TF700 ,soon to be TF701).

  • Nigel

    No.

    I don’t like the locked-down platforms which manipulate the commercials I must watch.

    They did this with Chromecast, initially you could root it and then that let you bypass the enforced “you need to buy a car, or male (cough) corrective pills, etc”. A cheap Google device designed to make you buy expensive Google products (like the adverts in Chrome, or Google Play).

    So I output to a recording device and then I play back fast-forward the things I don’t want (commercials) and watch what I want. The oldest method for this was the kettle – when commercials on go to bathroom, make a brew, do a bit of washing-up, etc. Olden times it was always 3 mins break at 20mins and 40mins pas the hour then 5 mins before top of the hour. Now its more divided up and more random. As commercial breaks became both longer and more randomly fragmented, then it was VHS, then DVR. These combo smart devices are trying to get back to “you MUST watch these essential things”.

    So long as we got open platforms like Linux and Ethernet, then we can get around closed platforms manipulating us. The most essential thing in my house? A Rasberry Pi running Linux, some code I wrote, and a 1TB USB drive.

    Oh, and I’m quite happy driving my old Toyota, when I want a car I’ll go looking so don’t need to be told what to buy for some years thanks.

    • SGB101

      You don’t being told what adverts u have to watch, but your fine with having a TV schedule, then having to manage it! That’s so 2000s.

  • Fiasko

    Not letting my hopes get up. Google tv and Chromecast both got me all excited only to be let down. The Chromecast is good for the money regardless and I like mine, but it could easily offer much more.

    Aaah who am I kidding my hopes are still up

    • Graham Steffaniak

      chromecast is a work in progress.

  • Wesley

    I won’t buy one unless it has HDMI TV passthrough and similar capabilities as the original Google TV and has Chromecast built in. If it’s just a stripped down device that functions on a separate HDMI port, then they have taken a big step backwards, especially since Microsoft took the Google TV concept and expanded on it with their Xbox One. I want a box with Google Now and voice commands that will let me switch easily between tasks. It should have a camera and microphone so I can make Hangout calls from my livingroom. Heck, I should be able to instal the Android Skype app and call people on their Xboxes if I choose. doing two things at once should be a returning feature as well, like watching TV while playing a game or browsing the web while in a video chat…

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  • vivek201

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  • damambt

    Dear Google,
    Please dont abandon the Chromecast support. Im still waiting for Plex app capabilities along w/ Hulu and other 3rd party apps.

  • Mark

    A big YES, with one caveat has to be xbmc friendly. Sold!

  • tushar

    Yes.. Surely … It will be really intresting to see this product from google side.

  • aranea

    Why not improve chromecast instead of going for another device?

  • kuddus

    I hope Nexus TV will bring a great change in future streaming services.

  • ian

    I actually heard this also. I have a friend that i cannot name that is a developer for EA. He told me at the beginning of the month that google was releasing a console. He then clarified that it was a nexus box for the television.

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  • Skis03

    I will buy anything Nexus!!

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    $$.

  • john

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    While this streaming device might be a viable option in the future. It is not ready for primetime. I highly recomend the SkystreamX. It is fully loaded with XBMC and all of the great add ons that allow you watch Free TV and movies right out of the box.

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    While this streaming device might be a viable option in the future. It is not ready for primetime. I highly recomend the SkystreamX. It is fully loaded with XBMC and all of the great add ons that allow you watch Free TV and movies right out of the box.

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