Google gives birth to the Nexus Q
Just in case you still think that Google is a software company, what happened earlier yesterday morning has debunked that myth once and for all. I know, Google has churned out Google-branded smartphones in the past, where those were manufactured by HTC first, followed by Samsung as part of the Nexus range. However, what you have here this time around would be a hardware that was built right in the bowels of Google’s headquarters itself – resulting in this rounded beauty known as the Nexus Q.
Just what is the Nexus Q? It is a sphere, basically, but that does not mean it is down and out for the count. Do not despise small beginnings, literally with the Nexus Q. The Nexus Q is said to be the focal point of Android as well as Google Play, allowing one to stream not only music, but video straight into your home. You will be able to control it using an Android-powered smartphone or a similar tablet.
As mentioned earlier, this was specially designed and engineered by the team over at Google. The Nexus Q is tiny enough not to look out of place in just about any home, where the main purpose of it is to be plugged into the best speakers and TVs around your home. Touted to be the first ever social streaming device, similar to a cloud connected jukebox, it allows everyone who drops by your place to basically brings their own personal music collection to the party. First out in the US, you will be able to place a pre-order for the Nexus Q from Google Play for $299 a pop. Shipping commences sometime from the middle of next month onwards. Of course, other territories will also be on the receiving end of the Nexus Q, but we will just have to wait for an official announcement on the release dates.
Just what other kind of hardware specifications does the Nexus Q carry? We are looking at connectivity options that include Optical audio (S/PDIF), Ethernet, micro HDMI, and microUSB. You will find the same kind of processing power as the Galaxy Nexus, and the entire device tips the scales at just 2 pounds. The rotating top dome functions as a volume control, and it is rounded off by 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory, all running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.