Back at Google I/O 2012, Google unveiled the “world’s first social media streaming” device – the Nexus Q. In a nutshell, the Nexus Q packs in a 25-watt amp speaker, 25 LED lights, a unique oval shaped design, 16GB of internal memory, 1GB RAM and an OMAP 4460 SoC. Google also included a microUSB port on the Nexus Q to “encourage general hackability”, and within a couple of weeks, mods and hacks are flowing in for the Nexus Q.
Up until now, the Nexus Q has been rooted, connected to a TV and slapped with the stock Android launcher. As if this was not enough, a member of the CyanogenMod team has managed to get CM9 up and running on the Nexus Q. The build is still pretty much a work in progress with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth working, but other major features like Sound are still a no-go.
Below is the video that shows CM9 in action on the Nexus Q -:
What started as a media streaming device is now running a full-blown Android installation,and I’m pretty sure the Q will soon be seen connected to a 42″ LCD TV and paired with a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse and used as a HTPC.
Along with the Nexus 7 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google also released a surprising new Nexus device, the Nexus Q. The Nexus Q is a “social streaming media player” that can stream music, videos (including the ones from YouTube) using Wi-Fi. The Nexus Q packs in a 25-watt amp speaker along with dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n support, microUSB support to “encourage general hackability”, Bluetooth, NFC and a drop-dead gorgeous design. There is a circle of LEDs running around the Q that lights up when a song or movie is played on the device.
The Q is powered by an OMAP 4460 chip – the same SoC that powers the Galaxy Nexus(!) – 1GB of RAM and 16GB on-board storage. Along with analog output, the Q also has micro-HDMI and digital output ports. The device is tightly integrated with Google Play and will stream content directly from Google Play, and not your Android device(s).
Below is a video that fully showcases what the Nexus Q is capable of -:
The Q can also act as an amplifier and will allow users to plug in additional speakers to it. The device also has a touch sensor that allows users to mute the currently playing audio/video by just touching the device. Apart from this, the device will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Yes, a speaker that runs on Android !
The Nexus Q is the first device from Google to come under the Google Play@Home brand that was showcased by the company last year. The bad news is that the Nexus Q costs an exorbitantly high $299 and will only be available in the United States for now. The Nexus Q can be pre-ordered from Google’s Play Store for $299 and will ship sometime in July.
With less than 30 mins left for the Google I/O to begin, two upcoming product announcement from Google have leaked online – the NExus 7 and Nexus Q. The Nexus 7, as rumors had suggested, is a 7-inch Android tablet manufactured by Asus and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8 or 16GB of internal storage.
Apart from the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features, the tablet will also come with NFC for easy sharing of data among various Android devices. The main selling point of the Nexus 7 will however be its price point of $199.
The surprise leak before the event is the Nexus Q. From the pictures posted by Droid-Life, the Nexus Q looks like a portable NFC touting speakers, similar to Nokia’s Play 360.
It will be interesting to see what advantage does the Nexus Q offers over the Nokia Play 360 speakers.