Hands-on with the Nexus Q Media Streaming device (and using the Nexus 7 remote) [VIDEO]


You’ve already seen the Nexus Q, Google’s media streaming orb that looks stylish and is a lot more flexible than comparable competition, get unboxed by the Phandroid crew at Google I/O, but you haven’t seen our quality time with the device.

Rob and the crew set the device up and show you how you can stream your music, movies, television, and recorded/downloaded videos to your home entertainment system (or a laughably small television in the case of their hotel room).

They use the Nexus 7 remote to control it all and show you why this could be a hot commodity despite its $300 price tag. You can find the hands-on video above if you want to see this stunning little orb in action.

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Before you give it away, you should do a multi-room multi-Q set-up and see what this can really do.

  2. I see the appeal. I do. But I’ve being trying to get a futuristic lounge room for a while now. Guess what always happens? It works for me, until someone comes around and I want to show it off. Then it does what happens in this video and refuses to work perfectly. It is frankly annoying. This demo (wifi excuses aside) pretty much demonstrates that I won’t be getting a Q.

  3. Will is stream you screen up on the television? That way, I could use it for games, or even try to skype with someone and stream the skype session up on the television. That would be really cool. Then, I could use my phone as a controller for games as I watch the play on the television. Please let me know if that works as these would be REALLY COOL features.

    1. I’d say not yet, until XDA comes out with some hacks

    2. No, The Nexus Q 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.

  4. For me, I really dont see the appeal to the Q. I rely heavily on subscription based services (Mog for music; Netflix, HBOgo, Maxgo for movies and tv). Since the Q seems to only play music and content that you own, this would be useless for me :/

    Seems like a media box like Roku or AppleTV or WD live tv would be suitable for individuals in my similar situation.

  5. $300 and no DLNA or Bluray? Sorry, No Thanks……

  6. what is the name of the song that starts at 2:18?

  7. I realise you guys wanted to be first but it probably would have been worth the wait until you got home with a proper setup.
    All in all I like what the Q is trying to achieve but if it stays locked to limited services it will start to feel Appley, the whole reason I like Google products is I don’t feel tied to them.
    The other negative is the price, although like a hooker with a bad back I suspect that will go down over time.

  8. It’s an interesting concept, and at it’s core, it’s a good idea, but I just don’t see this taking off. It 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, for one. There are devices out there that already do.
    My prediction? In a year or two, it’ll be an obscure memory of a weird product; “remember that Nexus Q thing?…’Sort-of, wasn’t that the expensive sphere that was really limited in what it could do, but looked cool?'”
    I do love Android, but I just don’t see this going anywhere. The Nexus 7, on the other hand, I see a very bright future for the new Nexus Tablet. Time will tell, as always.

  9. hj

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