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Google Nexus Q: Google Play multimedia box with NFC and class D amp

Certainly, Google continues to surprise, and today unveils the Nexus Q box, which promises to be THE competitor to the Apple TV. More expensive than the Apple case, but incorporating many more functions, the Nexus Q which takes the form of a ball for the least unusual surprise. If Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and Youtube are logically in the foreground, like iTunes for Apple TV, there are some unusual features…

The most striking feature of the Google case, is the presence of a class D stereo amplifier that offers a power of 2 x 12.5 W. It is possible to operate by directly connecting two speakers to the rear of case through terminals provided for this purpose. In its shop, Google will also sell accessories such as a pair of Triad speakers and the cable needed to connect them.

The architecture of Nexus Q consists of a Dual-core Texas Instruments OMPA4460 SoC (Cortex A9 CPU / SGX540 GPU), 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of flash memory, the mediabox runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Another feature, is the presence of a NFC connectivity, allowing for example when approaching a tablet or a compatible smartphone, start playing a video or song. The 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth are also present.

Another peculiarity of the case is that, it has to be controlled from a smartphone or tablet precisely, we regret that Google does not have a remote with the box, as the Apple TV… The connectivity is made with a micro HDMI, optical S/PDIF, USB 2 compatible terminals and banana plugs an Ethernet port.

Pre-orders are open in the U.S., for availability in mid-July for an advertised price at $299.

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