Excerpt: It can’t provide an array of covert weapons for getting out of a bind or a good scolding, but Google’s new Nexus Q ($299) accessory does allow Android users to stream video and music content from Google’s Play applications as well as YouTube to their home theater. In fact, anyone with an Android device connected to the Q’s local Wifi network can take control of the ball and contribute to the media bonanza.
Summary: It's often a form of praise to say that a device does one thing and does it well. But when a device purports to bring the wonders of the Internet to your home, and then limits itself to less content than devices that cost a third as much, that's a fail. Were Google to open up the Nexus Q to a greater number of content sources, as well as hardware options, it might be a more attractive product.
Google Nexus Q: Striking hardware, but little functionality
11 July 2012
Summary: The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.
Pros: The Google Nexus Q features a truly unique, spherical design with glowing LEDs that respond to music that's playing. It streams content directly from Google Play Music, Google Play TV & Movies, and YouTube, using an Android phone or tablet as the controller. There's also a built-in 25-watt amp that can be used to power speakers.
Cons: The Nexus Q is very expensive and doesn't stream from any non-Google services like Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, MLB.TV, or Amazon Instant, nor can it stream content from your own PC or DLNA server. It also requires an Android smartphone or tablet to control it, as it doesn't include a remote or its own user interface.
Excerpt: The first piece of hardware that Google built all by itself from scratch, is its media-streaming glowing orb; a ball of multimedia hardware, the Nexus Q. This spherical home entertainment center is like a cloud-connected jukebox where everybody brings their own music to the party. It’s is black and round with the thin LED strip girdling it at the center.
Excerpt: Let’s assume for a moment that you are a member of the Android team at Google. You’ve decided that you really like the concept behind Apple’s AirPlay , but you believe you have a better way to go about it. You develop the concept, present it to your superiors, and the idea is generally accepted. In fact, this sounds like a fantastic thing for Google’s new set top box program, right?
Google's media streamer is here to entertain... but who's the audience?
29 June 2012
Summary: With so many buggy features and functionality gaps, the biggest question about the Nexus Q is who it's intended for. Other boxes on the market offer more functionality at lower price points, and DLNA streaming is just a short trip to the Play Store away. The design is absolutely attractive, but $299 is a lot to ask no matter how gorgeous the Q may be (the fact that Google is selling $399 Triad speakers to go with it also bears questioning).
Pros: Whimsical, attractive hardware design, YouTube streaming works great, Painless pairing process
Cons: Only works with Google Music, Play Store content, and YouTube, Confusing control scheme, Poor video quality with buffering issues
Excerpt: Google unveiled its media-streaming glowing orb to many oohs and ahhs, followed by head scratches. The thing looks cool, and it sounds good, both in concept and fidelity. But two major questions remain: Who is it for and how well does it work?
Google Nexus Q im Test: futuristischer Media-Streamer mit Potenzial, aber nicht viel mehr
10 July 2012
Summary: Mit dem Nexus Q wagt Google den nächsten Angriff auf die Wohnzimmer und Heimkinos dieser Welt. Und zwar mit Stil: Auf dem Fernseh-Schrank sieht der Nexus Q vielmehr wie ein aus Diablo 3 entsprungener Gegenstand aus – und weniger nach Heimkino-Hardware. Während das ebenfalls auf der Google I/O vorgestellte Tablet Nexus 7 mit einem extrem niedrigen Preis für Wirbel sorgte, langt der Suchmaschinengigant bei seinem Media-Streamer kräftig hin: 300 US-Dollar soll das Gadget...
Pros: einzigartiges Design, LED-Beleuchtung reagiert auf Musik, direktes Streaming von Google Play, Android-Geräte als Fernbedienung, integrierter Verstärker
Cons: sehr teuer, keine Streaming-Möglichkeiten von Nicht-Google-Services, kein Streaming von PC oder DLNA-Server möglich, keine eigene Fernbedienung oder Oberfläche, daher Android-Device zum Steuern erforderlich