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Google Nexus Player review: a strong , but flawed , introduction to Android TV


Voice hunt is basic and natural

Basic card-based interface

Google Cast provides for it Chromecast-like gimmicks


Constrained capacity

Query items are constrained to Google-related substance sources

Surrey programming

Chintzy remote

No Ethernet port


The Nexus Player is an extraordinary, if flawed, starting showcase for Android TV. It doesn’t have an Ethernet port and experiences a couple of bugs, yet Android TV’s straightforward interface, smart voice pursuit and Google Cast capacities more than compensate for it.

Thus, Google is taking yet an alternate cut at home amusement with Android TV, a variant of the Android OS rejiggered for the front room. Fittingly, the first Android TV gadget out of the entryway is Google Nexus Player, a set-top box made in organization with ASUS. Not at all like the Chromecast, the Nexus Player (and the Android TV biological system by and large) is unequivocally going up against any semblance of Roku and is additionally situated to tackle the Amazon Fire TV with its Android-based gaming cleaves. Be that as it may seriously?


The ASUS-made Nexus Player could basically be depicted as an issue hockey puck. It’s a level, plate molded gadget with the Nexus logo gladly recorded on top. Yet, not at all like the circular Nexus Q, the Player is very subtle. Without a doubt, its marginally strange roundabout outline may emerge in the midst of your home theater setup, yet its little foot shaped impression and reduced structure element – its scarcely the extent of my hand – implies you most likely won’t perceive it more often than not. Undoubtedly, the main sign that its fueled on is a little LED situated underneath the unit. That, joined with the way that the remote works over Bluetooth and not IR, implies you could tuck it beyond anyone’s ability to see and never need to manage it once its snared.

Talking about which, setup is really simple. Basically connect the player to an electrical plug, interface it to your TV with a HDMI link (which is unfortunately excluded) and you’re carried out. There’s additionally a micro-USB port found on the back, which Google lets us know is for designers to use to make and debug applications. In the event that you choose to get a gamepad (which I’ll get to quickly), there’s likewise a catch underneath the Player that you can press to launch the Bluetooth matching methodology with the embellishment. From that point, setup is as simple as experiencing the on-screen directions: You’ll match your remote, pick your Wifi system and sign in with your Google account. Also no, there’s no Ethernet port: The Nexus Player is Wifi-just as a matter of course. That may not be a major ordeal for some, yet I would’ve truly preferred the alternative; streaming features over wired associations is regularly speedier and more dependable than remote. You could get a micro-USB-to-Ethernet connector, yet that is an extra cost you would need to component in.

Within, there’s a 1.8ghz quad-center Intel Atom processor in addition to an Imagination Powervr Series 6 Graphics 2d/3d Engine, which makes it more effective than most, if not all, other streaming gadgets available. Exploring through the menus unquestionably feels zippy enough, and I encountered no observable slack when propelling applications or playing recreations. It has 1gb of RAM and 8gb of capacity, however the real limit may be less. That isn’t a ton of space, which implies you’ll have to be mindful so as not to load an excess of diversions on here.

The Nexus Player has a dead-straightforward remote control that is thin, lightweight and home to simply a couple of catches. It’s bended on the sides, so it settles agreeably in your palm. Also, much the same as the Fire TV’s remote, it has a slight depression on the underside for your finger too. Since the Fire TV is additionally focused around Android OS, its no shock that the catch format is comparative. There’s a voice pursuit catch comfortable top and an expansive, roundabout directional cushion underneath. However the likenesses end there. As opposed to running with the conventional Android route controls, the main different keys are a Back catch, a Home catch (its the one with the ring on it) and one for play/stop. The remote’s general form quality is a bit chintzy, yet the catches have incredible travel and a pleasant “clicky” feel when pressed.

In the event that you’d like to utilize your Android telephone as an issue rather, no issue: There’s likewise a helpful Android TV Remote Control application in the Play store. I introduced it on a Samsung Galaxy S5 and had the capacity explore through the menus much the same as I did with the physical remote.


The Nexus Player is more than simply a streaming box; you can likewise utilize it to play diversions. Keeping in mind you can absolutely play some of them with the normal ol’ TV remote, its much less demanding to execute executioner combo kicks or move fastener turns on a circuit with a genuine amusement controller. Thus, in the event that you so pick, you can buy the discretionary Gamepad for the Nexus Player for $40.

The ASUS gamepad looks a considerable measure like the Xbox 360’s controller, however with a joystick plan that is more like the Playstation’s. As such, the d-Pad is on the left; the two simple joysticks are in the center to you; and the four face catches are on the right. Situated in the focal point are the back, force and home catches, while the triggers and shoulder catches are placed on the back. The catches aren’t almost as cleaned as the ones for the Xbox; the previously stated triggers are on the squishy side, while the d-cushion simply feels cumbersome and modest. Still, it takes care of business more often than not.



As we saw a couple of months prior at Google I/O, Android TV has a genuinely basic card-based client interface. You’ll see a rundown of proposed titles and as of late played shows at the top, and underneath that are your introduced applications. Youtube and Songza come preloaded, and additionally all the Google Play applications like Movies & TV, the Play store, Music and Games. Underneath that is a rundown of introduced diversions, and comfortable base is access to the ordinary system and showcase settings. Most applications have a striking resemblance, with the route menu arranged on the left and the vario

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