We want to like Google's Nexus Q. It isn't shaped like a run-of-the-mill media box, it's got a ton of — dare we say? — hot wires snaking out of its rear Matrix-style, it's got several components built in the U.S.A. and it glows! That's about as nice as we can be to the orby Nexus Q, because when it comes right down to functionality there are really 0 reasons to spend $300 on Google's Magic 8-Ball. But that's okay (for now), because where there's room for improvement, the eager developers and hackers always have you covered. Here are six "fixes" and proof-of-concepts that give us hope that the Nexus Q is more than just an expensive paperweight.
I am exactly the person who should be excited about Google's "social" media player: I have room in my life for a streaming media gizmo — right now I lean on my Xbox 360, but have always been Roku curious — I use an Android smartphone as my primary device and I'm always in the market for innovative gadgets. That, and it simply looks like a gadget you want to own. I was immediately taken with it. With its round body and bold LED stripe, it looks like a cannonball fired out of the world of Tron. Yet, painfully, I find myself the opposite of excited. Make no mistake, the Nexus Q is one hot little piece of hardware. It does a lot of amazingly smart things. At the same time, a few key choices by Google has effectively knock the legs out from under Q, and put a wall up between user and device. So, yes, that's not a typo: here are the zero reasons why you should plunk your money down for the Nexus Q.
Google is calling its Nexus Q the "first social streaming media player." What does that mean to the company? Well, a streaming device that looks like a futuristic cannonball, and allows you to play video and music from Google Play and YouTube. It's also controlled by your Android smartphone or tablet, so that you and your friends can all get in on it. Read on for what to expect.