Google has unveiled a new media streaming device called the Nexus Q. Compatible with devices running Android Gingerbread and upwards, it will allow you to stream Google Play Music, Google Play Movies and YouTube videos to conventional AV devices around the home.
NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth are all onboard, while a capacitive touch sensor will allow you to mute music.
Key to the device is that it actually runs Android so is itself contantly connected to the cloud. You thus control it via the cloud rather than stream content from your phone – something which is potentially very cool but equally it could have its pitfalls if your web connection isn’t good enough.
With a 25W amplifier onboard it can power normal speakers directly or you can connect it digitally to an audio device or TV.
Using multiple Nexus Q’s you will be able to sync them up so you have the same music playing throughout your home. Or you can choose to control them independently. You can also store up tracks in playlists using multiple devices.
There’s no mention of this device supporting other services, though, such as Netflix or LoveFilm. It’s all very much tailored to GooglePlay content.
Set to cost $299 we’ve yet to confirm a release date but will be back with more details soon.