Jun 27 AT 1:01 PM Dustin Earley 42 Comments

Nexus Q is the world’s first social streaming media player


Alongside Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7, Google has unveiled an interesting piece of new hardware called the Nexus Q.

The Nexus Q is a cloud connected jukebox. It works as a sort of receiver for Google Play connected devices, allowing anyone with access to Google Music or YouTube, as just two examples, to play music or videos on whatever the Nexus Q is hooked up to.

If you have your Nexus Q hooked up to a set a speakers (like the $399 pair being sold on Google Play), anyone who connects their device to that Nexus Q can play music through those speakers. No need to pass around phones or connect to different accounts.

As far as the tech specs, the Nexus Q features optical audio, an ethernet port, micro HDMI port, micro USB and banana jack speaker outputs, all wrapped in a solid black ball shaped casing, surrounded by a ring of 32 color changing LED lights.

The Nexus Q will be available in mid-July for $299. For more information on the Nexus Q, check out the dedicated web page for the Q here.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    For the life of me, I just cannot figure out a reason to get this over a $100 Vizio Co-Star with the ONLY exception being that this would make a good shared office media center for playing music where any of us devs can queue up songs or whatever.

    • Dustin Earley

      Or $200 over an Apple TV.

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

        well, Apple TV is hard to justify if you’re not already inside of Apple’s ecosystem. I refuse to install iTunes on my Windows systems (it’s total garbage) which pretty much means I can’t be an Apple customer.

        • kazahani

          Also, there is the fact that Apple sucks and they’re evil.

          …and they suck.

        • Dustin Earley

          Last night I ended up reading quite a bit on how the Q is made in the US, and how Google wants to take the lead with manufacturing in the US. I can totally understand the $299 price tag, but it’s still too much.

          • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

            I read that this morning. I totally approve of their experiment and I now agree that $300 isn’t so bad. However, it’s more than just the pricetag that keeps me from buying it (even if that’s what I may have previously focused on in my posts). This product just seems inferior to a product like the Vizio Co-Star even if this one was cheaper. If this product was $40, I’d probably still opt for the $100 Co-Star.

            Again, unless I (and the rest of the world) simply don’t truly understand what this product is.

            But yay for Google trying to do some real manufacturing here in the US! LOVE it and want to support it if they do it with a product that I can actually use!

  • halo0

    Looks sick and seems to do exactly what I’ve been trying to accomplish with my Revue and Google Music (namely streaming to my home theater receiver), but the price is too high.

    • kazahani

      Way too high. No one is going to pay $300 to be able to stream music and video when there are cheaper options already on the market.

    • Mike Lowrey

      My problem is less the price but more the fact that by default no apps like Netlifx/Hulu or just a simple video player is supported.

  • http://willoughbyjunction.com Jayson Olson

    Yeah, I’m just not getting the picture here for $299. Cool product, but seems a bit $ heavy.

  • spazby

    not sure this will sell well, the price should be half at most…

    • fletchtb

      The price really needed to be $99

  • Dameon

    I think the reason for the price is because it was made here in the USA and not in some factory in China using 10 year olds to do their work

  • hopscotchjunkie

    That looks really nice. Not sure I need one, or would even have any use for one (especially at that price), but still…

  • alexanderharri3

    1) *choke* price
    2) Social music/video…aka there will always be THAT guy who trolls the mix…

    • Dustin Earley

      I could be that guy.

  • AvatarZ

    Nice looking, fancy device … but I can’t imagine ever using this … and it doesn’t even have GoogleTV,despite the hefty price tag.

    Maybe a device for audiophiles?

  • Ardrid

    Kudos to Google on the design. It’s an absolutely gorgeous looking device. It’ll be interesting to see how it sells given the price, though the integration with Google Play (Music, Movies, etc.) is very appealling.

  • oddball

    It is a nice looking device and with being able to finally purchase movies on Google play it starts to gain appeal. It loses much of that appeal at $300 but if the audio is as good as they claim it is really pretty cheap for what it is

  • Ruperto17

    This is an odd move by Google.
    Unless I missed it, I heard no mention of GoogleTV at all. If anything, this device seems to overlap some of the functionality of GTV but it comes short at a more hefty price tag.
    With GoogleTV you can use the YouTube remote app to create the same type of social DJ experience.. and can do a lot more for one third of the price.

  • Adrien C.

    Everybody complains about China China China, but this thread of comments just proves that in the end, everybody just wants the best product for the smallest price, no matter if there’s child labor or subhuman conditions involved.

    I’m not a North American, but I’m glad with Google move to produce it in USA even at a higher cost, and at least for me, I’d pay more because of that. Better than pay more because it’s an iTrendy device. Because if this was an Apple product, I doubt that people would be whining about the price.

    And for those comparing with Google TV, just stop. This is not a media content player, it’s a Hi-Fi Amp with Media Streaming coming along.

  • MoSDeeb

    It’s a very nice looking and feature rich product. I ordered the nexus 7 and will be ordering this product by the end of July. I wish I could do so now, but I cant justify spending it today :(

  • Nathan D.

    Looks cool but I can’t find a good reason to justify the price for something that only does streaming/connecting.

  • thekaz

    “world’s first”? .. I mean, Boxee has a social component, so.. I guess it depends how you define “social”

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    I want this device, but I’m having a hard time justifying $300. I’d drop $150 for it though.

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

    If it had full screen mirroring I’d hit that.

  • aranea

    For the price I don’t see any appeal. I mean I can find cheaper devices that can do something similar. If you think about it you need Q and then another device (phone or tablet) for it to function. Why not make a google TV box and get it have these functions.

  • ericl5112

    I don’t understand. I want 1 simple feature. Let me take a video on my device. Let me throw it to my TV. Apple TV does this for $100. Smart Glass and Nexus Q cannot do this. Driving me crazy.

    • Alan Reboli

      A computer with xbmc and an android device.. this is possible :)

      • Jimmy_Jo

        If you have a computer there is no need for the android device. We want this with an android device and a receiver/adapter and that’s it. I can already do this with an Android app through my PS3 which streams HD, plays Blu-rays and happens to have some fun games too. So why would I need to spend $300 to do this???

  • Greg

    To all of you complaining – do you even know what this product is? You’re comparing it to AppleTV, Vizio Co-star, etc., yet the devices are not even close to the same.

    There is this thing called audio. And to drive audio, you need some sort of amplifier. And then you connect speakers to this amplifier. Guess what? None of the devices you’re comparing this to have built-in amplifiers capable of outputing high-quality audio. A half-decent stereo amplifier is easily going to cost $200 – and that is the middle/low-end. Check Amazon if you don’t understand or believe me.

    Clearly this product is not intended for the audience that reads Android blogs. And that is why it will likely fail, which is a shame.

    • http://www.baldypal.com Adam Jones

      While i whole heartedly agree with you on your comment, Greg. The price is good for the amplified experience. I really don’t think the write up here or on the others really did a good job of differentiating it from it’s TRUE competition. As you can see, lots of assumptions are being made here as to what the device was intended to do. Most are wrong.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      The built-in amplifier is definitely a product-differentiating feature. However, since I would be plugging this into my existing home theatre setup, I would prefer another version without the built-in amplifier if that’s truly where a substantial part of the cost is hiding.

      • aranea

        Totally true. I didn’t know it had amplifier yet I don’t need one. I already have a home theater system. I’d rather have a version without the amplifier or one that can be the hub for my home theater system and can still connect to android devices.

  • Victor

    I would by this if in the future Google included an update that would allow me to stream my apps to the Nexus Q. Apple and iOS have AirPlay, where is Google’s “AirPlay”?

  • Jaydude

    Seriously speaking, the price is good. Like Greg said, it’s not only a streaming device. It also has an AMPLIFIER. Anyone that knows anything about audio knows that amplifiers are expensive. I myself have a pretty decent one from Denon, and that alone cost me $350 (which is normal). You guys are not seeing the whole picture. $299 for an amplifier/streamer seems very fair to me

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  • NeoJesus

    dumb, that thing needs a break out box. such a nice design will only turn to shit after all the wires are plugged into the back.

  • Simon Pedersen

    Ouya = cheap Nexus Q