Google unveils Nexus Player for $99, first Android TV device

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Along with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google also released its first Android TV powered device in collaboration with ASUS — the Nexus Player, to take on Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku.

The media player can be used for streaming your movies, music and videos to your TV. It’s also a gaming device, which allows you to play Android games on your TV with a gamepad (sold separately). 

The Nexus Player is powered by an 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom processor, and comes with 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) Wi-Fi support.

With Google’s cloud syncing feature, users will be able to continue playing a game or watching a movie across their Android devices and television seamlessly.

It also comes with a voice activated remote. It is also Google Cast ready, which will allow users to cast their favorite entertainment apps from your Android or iOS device, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to the TV. It’s similar to Apple’s underrated AirPlay feature, which allows users to stream content wirelessly to television via Apple TV.

The Nexus Player will cost $99. It will be available for pre-order from October 17, and goes on sale on November 3rd.

There have been several rumors which have indicated that Apple is planning to launch the next generation Apple TV, the Nexus Player should certainly put pressure on Apple to respond to growing competition in the set-top box market place.

[via Android Beat]