Google unveils the Nexus Q 'social streaming media player'

Google has unveiled a new media streamer before taking the stage at its I/O conference.

Dubbed the Nexus Q, Google is calling its orb-like device the "first social streaming media player". A page on the Google Play store website says that it "streams your favourite entertainment from Google Play and YouTube to the biggest speakers and screen in the house".

The device will work with HD movies, television shows and YouTube videos, as well as with music. Users will be able to access the entertainment on their smartphone or tablet, and set it to play on the Nexus Q from those devices. It's worth noting, however, that the Nexus Q requires devices running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher with access to Google Play to work. The device will also need to connect to a Wi-Fi router, and be connected to separate speakers or an HDTV.

The Nexus Q will be available only in the US, and will start shipping in two to three weeks. The device will set customers back US$299.

Here's a video detailing on how the device works:


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