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Along with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google unveiled the Nexus Player in October of 2014. It became the company’s official Android TV set-top box made by ASUS, and showcased what Google intended for the platform. It was the first Android TV hardware on the market, and it went on sale alongside Google’s 2014 Nexus flagships the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 6.

While Google has long been trying to get some screen space on our televisions, its previous set-top box offerings have been nothing more than disappointing. The Chromecast has been a successful project, but Android TV is going to change the game and that begins with the Nexus Player.

The device ships with a remote not too different from the one that comes with the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and similar devices.

Nexus Player Stories March 22, 2018

Google’s Nexus Player Android TV has finally died with confirmation it won’t get Android P

It’s been almost two years since Google’s Nexus Player was discontinued, but the device has been kept alive as a trusty Android TV with the latest the platform has to offer. Today, however, the original Android TV set-top box officially dies…

Nexus Player Stories November 15, 2017

The 3-year-old Nexus Player is being upgraded with Google Assistant

Google Assistant’s arrival on Android TV definitely has fans of the platform excited, but its rollout has definitely been a little slower than we had hoped. So far, it’s been limited to just a handful of devices, but now it’s expanding to the original Android TV device — Google’s Nexus Player.

Nexus Player Stories June 3, 2016


It was just a few days ago that it seemed the Nexus Player had been discontinued, but now it looks like a slightly modified version of the device could be on its way. It doesn’t seem likely to be a “second generation” Nexus Player, but the device’s FCC listing has just received some minor updates — almost two years after it first launched…

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Nexus Player Stories May 24, 2016


The Nexus Player is the latest product to be removed from the Google Store and was the remaining device from the 2014 Nexus lineup that included the Nexus 6 and 9. In a statement to The Verge, Google says the Android TV set top box is still available from some retailers.

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Nexus Player Stories May 17, 2016


New televisions and boxes running Android TV have been released throughout the year and Android N will add new features like a picture-in-picture mode. Google I/O tomorrow might see more announcements including ‘new Nexus Players’, but until then ESPN is launching a new app that will allow subscribers to stream live sporting events.

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Nexus Player Stories March 9, 2016


In a surprise move, Google announced today (as we told you earlier this morning) that the Android N developer preview is available for download. The simplest route is through the yet-to-be launched Android Beta Program, but as usual Google has also posted the factory images.

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Nexus Player Stories February 15, 2016


As screensavers for their latest streaming device, Apple filmed beautiful slow motion video of cinematic locations and landmarks. Developers have since discovered the public URL for the video files and packaged them up for other uses. Now, there is an Android app that turns the Apple TV’s screensavers into Daydreams for any Android device.

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Nexus Player Stories February 1, 2016


Google has just posted the new factory images with February’s security patch for Nexus devices. The images are still based on Android 6.0.1, so don’t expect anything besides security fixes. There’s also a new factory image for the Pixel C…

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Nexus Player Stories November 11, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexus Player $45, Galaxy Note 5 $550, USB-C cables $4.50, more

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Google Nexus Player by ASUS Android TV: $45 shipped (Reg. $100) | Newegg

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32 GB LTE GSM (unlocked): $550 shipped (Reg. $1,000) | eBay

TechMatte 3-ft USB-C cables starting at $4.50 Prime shipped (Reg. $9), 5-ft $5 (Reg. $10)


First gen. Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch: $100 shipped (Reg. $150) | Google Store

Amazon Gold Box – Logitech Harmony Smart Control with App and Remote $75 shipped (Reg. $130)

Amazon Echo Smart Speaker w/ free shipping: $150 or $95 for card holders (Reg. $180)


Headphones: Skullcandy Crusher w/ built-in amp & mic in black $60 (Reg. $80+), more


Best Buy’s Black Friday ad brings deals on Apple Watch, Macs, HDTVs, games & more!


ULAK Cases for iPhone 6/s, iPad mini, iPod Touch and Android devices from $3 shipped (Reg. $10+)


Yuneec introduces its own stabilized 4K action camera, bringing prices lower than ever before

TP-Link introduces two new Wi-Fi extenders for home theaters, gaming consoles, and more

Nexus Player Stories November 4, 2015

You can now get last year’s Nexus Player for just $38 shipped (Reg. $100)

The Nexus Player is perhaps a great Chromecast alternative if nothing else, and now it looks like you can grab one for about the same price as the recently-announced 2nd generation Chromecast. Groupon is currently offering the device for just $39.99 — down to $37.99 with coupon code VISA5 —  which is a steal for the set top box and the lowest price we’ve seen for a new unit.

We reviewed the Nexus Player last year, and had mostly positive things to say. That said, it’s clear that the Android TV platform is losing out to the Chromecast, which is less capable in terms of features but available for just $35 outright and has been much better advertised by Google. It doesn’t help that the Nvidia Shield is leaps and bounds better than Google’s offering.

You might want to act quick, because these Groupon deals tend to go fast.

Nexus Player Stories September 23, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexus 6 (unlocked) $300, Galaxy S6 (unlocked) $430, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB: $300 shipped (Orig. $650)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $430 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

LG G4 brand new smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $400 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

Brand new Google Nexus Player by ASUS: $50 shipped (Reg. $100) | Best Buy

The best USB car charger (Aukey 4 port/48W) is just $7 Prime shipped, Lumsing 6000mAh Power bank: $10

Amazon teases one day sale that’ll discount Prime memberships down to just $67

Giveaway: This is Ground’s Mod Laptop 2 is a road warrior’s dream bag, up to $499 value

More new gear from today:

CyberPower 1350VA 810W UPS Mini-Tower w/ Dual USB Ports: $130 shipped (Reg. $175+)

More deals still alive:

GoPro HERO4 Black $389 + shipping (Reg. $500), HERO+ LCD $249 (Reg. $300)

New products & more:

Polk’s new flagship Omni S6 speaker goes after the multi-room audio crown

Sony reveals the first 1TB PlayStation 4 for North America w/ the new COD: Black Ops III bundle

Nexus Player Stories September 22, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG G4 (unlocked) $400, Nexus Player by ASUS $50, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

LG G4 brand new smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $400 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

Brand new Google Nexus Player by ASUS: $50 shipped (Reg. $100) | Best Buy

Logitech mice, keyboards, speakers up to 50% off: Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac $40, Bluetooth mouse $22, more

Brother Google Cloud Print All-in-One InkJet Color Printer: $48 shipped (Reg. $80+)

Amazon teases one day sale that’ll discount Prime memberships down to just $67

Giveaway: This is Ground’s Mod Laptop 2 is a road warrior’s dream bag, up to $499 value

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: OontZ Curve Bluetooth Speaker $15, MS Band Smartwatch $100, more

More deals still alive:

LG 49-inch 60Hz Smart 4K UHDTV: $550 shipped (Reg. $800+)

New products & more:

Infento’s Constructible Rides are a K’NEX-like bicycle system that grows with your kid

The Makerarm 3D prints, laser engraves, and even assembles your electronics

Nexus Player Stories September 9, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Google Nexus Player by ASUS $50, Aukey Quick Charger $8, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Brand new Google Nexus Player by ASUS: $50 shipped (Reg. $100) | Groupon

Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 18W charger + 3.3′ Micro USB Cable: $8 Prime shipped w/ code XW6FG5ZD (Reg. $26) | Amazon

Motorola 15W Turbo Charger (refurb) w/ Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0: $14 shipped (Reg. $35) | Groupon

Jawbone reformulates its UP2 fitness tracker with a new fashion-forward design

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: Omaker Bluetooth Speaker $19, HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Inkjet Printer $65, more

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More deals still alive:

Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB in Cloud White/Midnight Blue: $350 shipped (Orig. $650)

New products & more:

The Raspberry Pi touchscreen display we’ve been waiting for is now available

Review: JBL’s new Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker slims down for an ultra-portable form factor

Nexus Player Stories June 22, 2015

PSA: ASUS currently offering Google Nexus Player for $65 (normally $99)

Google’s Nexus Player may not be a substitute for a full-on games console, but if you want something which combines the casting capabilities of the cheaper Chromecast stick with some casual gaming capabilities, you can now pick one up for 35% off.

The official Asus store on Amazon is currently offering the device for $64.78, a saving of a little over $35.

The Nexus Player was the first device to get Android 5.1.1 back in April.

Nexus Player Stories May 26, 2015

Google’s Nexus Player is now available in South Korea (Update: Now $20 off, too)

Asus’ Nexus Player, the device Google launched last year to introduce the world to its new Android TV platform, is now available in South Korea via the online Google Store. Following the first availability of the Nexus Player in the UK in March, and 9 additional countries last month, the Mountain View company is now selling the device in the Korean market as well.

Nexus Player Stories May 21, 2015


Streaming televison site Sling announced today that it has launched an Android TV application, allowing users on a new set of devices to subscribe to the service and watch TV shows from a variety of networks. To help put more Sling-capable devices in users’ hands, Sling is offering a special price on the Nexus Player.

Those who pre-pay for three months of Sling TV will be able to get Google’s Nexus Player for half off the regular price, bringing the cost closer to $50. To claim the offer, users just need to sign up for a three-month subscription through the Sling website and select the Nexus Player deal.

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Nexus Player Stories April 28, 2015

Nexus Player now available in 9 new countries

Following the first availability of the Nexus Player in the UK last month, the Nexus Player is now available in 9 new international countries. Among them are Australia, as well as eight different European countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

The device launched in October of 2014 to little fanfare, and we reviewed it not long after saying that it’s a bit unfinished. Right now, owners of the Nexus Player are the only lucky souls to have their hands on Android 5.1.1.

Nexus Player Stories April 21, 2015

Nexus Player first to receive Android 5.1.1 factory image, download it here

Google has just pushed the first build of Android 5.1.1, and it looks like the first device to get the update is the Nexus Player. We have still yet to see Android 5.1 for the Nexus 9 (and only last week saw it arrive for the Nexus 4), but Google seems to be charging ahead regardless. Rumors said that the Nexus 9 would be skipping 5.1 in favor of 5.1.1, so maybe this is a sign that the update for Google’s flagship tablet is right around the corner.

Download the new factory image straight from Google’s servers:

Alternatively, you can head over and download this image and more from Google’s developers website. If you’re wondering how to install the update, be sure to check out our nifty guide.

Nexus Player Stories March 26, 2015


Amazon accidentally revealed earlier this week that this would be happening today, but we now have proof that the slip was legit: the Nexus Player has now launched on the Google Store in the UK for £79. A couple of new Android Wear accessories have also landed in the store today though, including a Sony SmartWatch 3 watch band and a standalone charger for the Asus ZenWatch.

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Nexus Player Stories March 23, 2015

Nexus Player shows up on Amazon UK for March 26 launch

The Nexus Player has been available in the US for quite some time, but now we have a bit of an idea of when the device will be launching in the UK. As spotted by Engadget, the Nexus Player has shown up on the UK Amazon website with a launch date of March 26th and a price of £80. Sadly, that page seems to have been taken down already and the only listing for the device is currently via a third-party reseller (at a pretty decent markup).

In January, Google revealed that the Nexus Player would be coming to Japan by the end of February, its first market outside the US. More recently, Google posted the Android 5.1 factory image for the Nexus Player. If you’d like to, you can head over to read our full review that we published all the way back in November. We found it to be a useful new platform for Android, but a lot of its features can feel a bit half-baked.

Nexus Player Stories March 20, 2015

Google posts Android 5.1 factory image for Nexus Player


Android 5.1 has slowly begun rolling out to Nexus devices over the last couple of weeks (and has been seen on Android One devices since February), but Google has today posted the factory image for the Nexus Player. Previously, Google updated the download page with links for the Nexus 52012 WiFi Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10, and now you can manually update your new Nexus-branded Android TV set top box as well if you’d like.

Hit up Google’s developers site to find the Nexus Player’s Android 5.1 image, with build number LMY47D.

Nexus Player Stories January 29, 2015

Nexus Player coming to Japan by end of February, its first market out of North America

Earlier this month, Google’s Nexus Player became available from a variety of new online retailers and big-box stores, and now the company revealed the first market outside of North America in which the device will be available. In a post on its Asia Pacific Blog, Google has revealed that the Nexus Player will be available in Japan by the end of February.

Nexus Player Stories January 22, 2015

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Google’s Nexus Player has appeared on Newegg’s online store in preparation for a January 25th release, and appears to be showing up in some Walmart stores as well. The $99 streaming device was first announced last year and is currently available through Google’s Play Store.

Along with the Asus-built Nexus Player, shoppers will be able to pick up the associated gamepad for $49. Like the player itself, the gamepad is scheduled to go on sale this Sunday.

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Nexus Player Stories December 10, 2014

Google, without any sort of announcement or waning, has released a new app to the Play Store this evening called “Live Channels for Android TV.” The app isn’t compatible with any current phone or tablet running Android, but rather with Android TV powered devices. The app is meant to offer an interface with which users can navigate live TV channels. It is currently only compatible with the Nexus Player.

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Nexus Player Stories November 5, 2014


Google appears to be feeling generous yet again. Last week, the search giant treated a few of its subscribers to a free digital copy of Sandra Bullock’s critically acclaimed Gravity and now the company is continuing its push of complimentary films with free access to Fox’s X-Men.

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And then there were two. Google recently released the factory image for its Nexus 9 tablet and for an encore the search giant has uploaded an image of its Nexus Player. Indexed as version LRX21M, if you’ve invested in Mountain View’s media puck, it’ll be a good idea to snag this download, just in case you decide to tinker with your TV’s newest companion.

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Nexus Player Stories November 3, 2014


Continuing its barrage of Android announcements today, Google this evening has announced that developers can now start submitting Android TV apps to the Play Store. This is to be expected as the Nexus Player starts to make its way into the hands of consumers. Google says that in addition to publishing apps exclusively for Android TV onto the Play Store, developers can also extend their existing apps for TV and publish them.

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For the past several years Google has been winning. The company is responsible for the world’s most popular search engine. Its Android mobile operating system has the lion’s share of worldwide smartphone shipments and the tech juggernaut’s advertising platform generates gigantic sums of money every year. So when a habitual winner like Google actually loses, it typically doesn’t handle defeat too well, and despite all of the company’s accolades, it’s been getting clobbered in one area for almost four years straight.

Google has successfully captured your desktop’s homepage and managed to work its software into the pockets of millions of people, however the Internet’s reigning search king has continuously struggled to find success in one very critical space — the living room.

Since 2010, Google has been aggressively trying to attach itself to your television, and despite several software and hardware revisions, the company has continued to come up short. However, when Google revealed Android TV during its annual I/O developer conference earlier this year, hordes of cord-cutting couch potatoes were optimistic about what the future might hold.

Fast-forward to today and Google’s first Android TV-powered device has been deemed fit for full duty by the company’s leadership. But does Google’s Nexus Player have enough bells and whistles to stand out in an extremely crowded space loaded with cable boxes, game consoles and other TV-friendly contraptions?

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Nexus Player Stories October 27, 2014

PSA: Nexus Player game controller now available for $40

Along with the Nexus Player that Google announced a couple of weeks ago, the company said that a game controller—that looks a lot like a Wii U classic controller—would soon be available to buy separate of the Player’s $99 price. Up to four people would be able to play at once using this controller, and it looked like the Nexus Player could become the Ouya that never was with its help.

Nexus Player Stories October 20, 2014

Nexus Player

About as quick as Google added its Nexus Player to Google Play, the company quickly pulled its new media player from its online store due to issues with the FCC. However, over the weekend, documents for the upcoming Android TV set-top box were spotted in an FCC database and today the search giant has restored Google Play pre-orders.

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Nexus Player Stories October 17, 2014

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Shoppers hoping to get one of Google’s recently-unveiled Nexus Players may need to wait a little longer. A change to the product listing on the Play Store (via Android Police) now lists the device as being out of stock. A notice hidden in the fine print on the Player website points out that the Android TV box has not yet been approved for sale by the FCC.

Until the FCC gives Google the greenlight, the device won’t be able to be sold in the United States, though international markets will have different criteria that may or may not already be met. Understandably, Google hasn’t been able to give a time frame for when this approval might come, as the entire process operates on the FCC’s schedule.

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Nexus 6

Google just added all three of its new Nexus devices to the Play Store. You can pre-order the company’s new tablet (16GB $399, 32GB $479) and set-top box ($99) directly from the company, but its latest smartphone is listed as “coming soon.” Google officially unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop to the world on Wednesday, along with its Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player media hub.

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Nexus Player Stories October 15, 2014

Next Player with Remote

AOL is brining its video app, along with original shows and movies to Android TV, the company shared the news in an announcement today following Google’s reveal of its new Nexus Player set-top receiver. Some of the content provided by the AOL app includes the short-form web series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi, movies from Miramax and clips from the outfit’s in-house media outlets like HuffPost Live.

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Earlier today, Google unveiled the Nexus Player, its latest combatant in the battle for your living room. As expected, Mountain View’s latest set-top receiver is attracting several major players in the entertainment software industry and Plex has announced that it’s coming to the search giant’s new media hub.

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Along with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google today unveiled the Nexus Player, the company’s official Android TV set-top box made by ASUS. The device, being the first Android TV hardware on the market, will be available for preorder later this month alongside the Nexus 9.

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