01 PM | 16 Oct

With Nexus Player, Android TV passes Apple TV — at least for a day


As Apple’s preparing for its second big event in as many months, Google just quietly unleashed an arsenal of new products to push it past Cupertino, including the first real Android TV that will have you ready to ditch your Chromecast, and your Apple TV — at least for a day.

Google’s first Android TV set-box, Nexus Player, is a four-inch hockey puck shaped device that not only plays all your favorite movies and TV shows like on Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV, it also plays games.

We’ve been waiting years for an Apple TV update, but with Nexus Player, Google is bringing many of the features Apple fans have been wishing for from their favorite fruit company, such as apps, games, and a slick UI for more effortless browsing.

Nexus Player is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor with PowerVR Series 6 graphics, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. What sets it apart from the competition though is its voice search built into the remote control. It also has Chromecast and a precise gamepad that brings serious Android gaming into the living room.

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