Most of the attention this morning from Google I/O has focused upon the announcement of the $199 Nexus 7 tablet, but we're equally interested in the appearance of a new spherical home entertainment device, the $299 Google Nexus Q. Video of what the Nexus Q has to offer below..
Designed to work with Android tablets or smartphones, the cloud-based media streaming seems to be Google's first serious stab into the home entertainment market since the tepid response to 1st generation Google TV devices. No surprise this latest media center is designed to stream music and movies from Google Play (and YouTube), but the unique feature of this media device is it's ability to power external speakers and eliminate the need for an amp/receiver for casual home entertainment needs:
Power a pair of bookshelf speakers directly with Nexus Q's built in 25W amp, or connect Nexus Q to your AV receiver or HDTV. Sync multiple Nexus Qs to fill your house with sound.
Google is also promoting a social sharing feature, integrating the Nexus Q to any other mobile Android device as a remote, which means you have to have another Gingerbread or higher equipped device to use the Nexus Q. Whether consumers will buy into this hardware requirement remains to be seen, alongside the steep $299 price.