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Google to launch Android powered Nexus TV set-top box?

Luke Johnson


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Google looks set to get back into the TV game, with an Android powered Nexus TV set-top box tipped for release in 2014.

A device that looks set to be similar to Apple TV, only with Android at its core, the mooted Nexus TV set-top box will allow users to stream content from the likes of Netflix and YouTube, as well as make use of apps and play games downloaded from the Play Store.

Again in a similar vein to Apple’s own set-top unit, the newly teased Nexus TV offering is said to not support live broadcasts, instead making use of connected capabilities to bring online content to your home’s biggest screen.

Although an exact cost is currently known on the Nexus TV, is has been suggested that like its Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 siblings, it will be “aggressively priced.”

Reportedly shown off behind closed doors by Google’s Andy Rubin at CES 2013 last January, it has been suggested that the Nexus TV box was originally intended to be launched at Google I/O this summer before being replaced by the HDMI wireless streaming dongle, the Google Chromecast.

Now tipped for an early 2014 arrival, the Google Nexus TV box will reportedly tackle the wider home entertainment market, with an integrated camera and motion sensor bringing the likes of Skype to the set-top box.

Gadget blog TheInformation has cited “people who have seen the device or were told about it” in suggesting that the Nexus-branded set-top box will launch “in the first half of next year.”

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December 7, 2013, 7:44 pm

How is this different from Chromecast? Am I missing something?

Geoff Richards

December 8, 2013, 1:13 pm

Chromecast is a little HDMI dongle that allows you to stream video or other content from a phone or tablet over WiFi to your TV.

The new Nexus TV is a proper set-top box in its own right, meaning you would be able to download video from the Google Play store directly to the box and play it via a direct HDMI connection. No streaming and no other device required.


January 2, 2014, 3:45 am

Thx I get it. If others don't I will get it faster.


January 3, 2014, 8:57 pm

There's dozens of these available online from Asia that work in the US

Michael Misch

March 6, 2014, 10:08 pm

There's also speculation of android powered games, that are controlled via a phone or tablet, just displayed on teh big screen. Oh hell yes!

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