Google announced its new spherical media player and increasing the socializing between your friends by sharing music and videos through one device.
Nexus Q is 2 pound device which is split by a ring of 32 LEDs at 45 degree angle, the entire upper half of the sphere acts as a volume knob which can be rotated. Along with this there’s a blue LED eye in the centre which is not merely for a design but also acts as a touch sensitive mute button.
It comes up with 1 GB of RAM with and 16 GB of flash drive already stored inside it, it has an array of ports on the back which includes micro HDMI, audio outputs, USB port and ports for external speakers in order to take advantage of the 25 watt amplifier built already in the device. The matte finish on the device feels great and is a shear beauty to see.
The Q has no interface of its own; it requires an Android device to use and transfer the music and video through it. Connect through Wi-Fi and start using the Q its as simple as that, but there might be a few connectivity problems but not always.
The only way to change the settings of Nexus Q is through an external app, you can adjust the brightness of LEDs, turn off the ports and change the visuals, playbacks, songs via any external app. It feels very clumsy to use an external app when Nexus Q has a dual core A9 processor running on Android 4.0.4.
All the streaming on Q is done through three Android apps You Tube, Play music and Play video, here your device is the remote controller telling Google’s server to send media to Q over the web. When playing music an icon appears and tapping on it will transfer the music to Q.
Furthermore any music stored in Google Music are also available to be played and transferred to Q. The bad news is that any side music is not available to be played unless uploaded on Google Music.
In terms of sound quality the 25 watt amplifier works superbly and fills the room with the beat, it would be a fine choice for someone hosting a party. Q can be jointed to the TV and has five different themes on it.
For the video it’s the same story no personal videos can be shared, which again pulls it back, making the customers feel sad that their own videos can’t be shared.
The price of the device is $299 and is available for pre order in mid July. At the end Nexus Q has problems but its one a new kind in the market and may have an innovation advantage. But the Google has restricted its access through the sharing problem which might disappoint its customers.
Google has tried to pull it off now let’s hope Nexus Q brings in the customers to buy it and bang on the music sharing and video playing.