Along with the Nexus 7, another new member of the Nexus family is also introduced at the Google IO. Named Nexus Q, the ball-shaped device is, as Google said, the world’s first social streaming media player. The unit has a unique ball-shape design, unlike other media streaming boxes on the market and there are 32 LEDs around the ball that will change color in time to your music. It has a die-cast, precision machined zinc bottom housing and an injection-molded, interactive balanced top dome with precision bearing and satin touch coating. According to Google, the device is made in the USA.
As a media streamer, the Q connects to your HDTV and speakers and bring music, video, TV content from the cloud. You can browse and search songs, videos and TV shows on Google Play store using your phone or tablet and stream them instantly to you big screen HDTV with Nexus Q. Intended to work with an Android phone or tablet, the Nexus Q comes without a remote control, meaning it can not be used as a standalone media player/streamer. This $299 Android ball will become a nice decoration if you don’t have an Android device to connect with it.
The Nexus Q is boosted by OMAP4460 chip with dual Cortex A9 CPUs and SGX450 GPU with 1GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal flash memory, and supports Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n. The Android-powered ball has 25W class D amplifier, and provides micro HDMI, TOSLink Optical audio (S/PDIF), Ethernet LAN port, banana jack speaker outputs and micro USB port.