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Google bungles Nexus Player launch

It’s emerged that Google jumped the gun with the launch of its debut Android TV device, the Nexus Player, on Friday.

Google opened pre-orders for its new Nexus Player just prior to the weekend, but it turns out that it wasn’t quite ready for launch.

Just a short way into the pre-order process, Android Police observed that the Nexus Player had suddenly became “out of inventory” in the US Google Play Store. Had it sold out so quickly?

No, as it turns out. Over on the Nexus Player product page, Google posted an interesting snippet of information: “This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until approval of the FCC has been obtained.”

Every device operating a wireless signal has to go through the appropriate US regulatory body, the FCC. Indeed, such applications for approval are often the source of device leaks and release-date tip-offs.

Google has subsequently received the FCC approval needed to once again offer the Nexus Player for pre-order, and US customers can place their orders now.

The Asus-built Nexus Player is a stand-alone set-top box, and the first device to run on Google’s living room OS, Android TV. Like the Amazon Fire TV, it can be controlled with your voice via its remote, and there’s a dedicated gamepad sold separately.

It’s intended to stream media from the Google Play Store and related apps to your TV. It’s also possible to cast content from your Android or iOS device to the Nexus Player.

The Nexus Player is set to hit shops from November 3, barring any further hold-ups.

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