Google has decided to join the set-top box streaming race with the new Google Nexus Player, which will be direct competitor to the Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. The Android TV Box just made its way through the FCC, and should be available on pre-order very soon with a price tag of $99.
The Google Nexus Player was manufactured by Asus, and wears the Nexus branding. Its powered by a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and supports wireless connectivity for Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11ac. The box will also ship with a remote control that supports voice search, plus there’s the option to get the wireless gamepad which allows gamers to play android games on the box.
Google plans to launch a new platform dubbed the Android TV this fall, and even though the platform will be compatible with a wide range of devices, the Nexus Player will be the first device running the new platform. Users will also be able to use the Nexus Player like the Chromecast, can be controlled from the app on your phone, used for web browsing, or even send content to any TV with a Nexus Player connected.