Google's Nexus Player Now Available in Retail: Best Buy, Newegg & Amazon

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  1. dgstorm

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    Google's Nexus Player is their first retail Android TV device. Up until now, it was only available on the Google Play Store. That has changed as of this weekend. The Nexus Player had its retail debut this weekend, and you can now grab one at several different outlets, including Best Buy, Amazon & Newegg.

    The device is only $99.99 for those interested in doing some Android gaming, browsing and TV watching on the device. Here are a few links to get you started with your favorite retailer (although it appears that Best Buy may be "in store pickup" only) for now):
    Sound off and let us know if/when you get one of these and let us know what you think of it!
     
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    Hmm, might pick one up.
     
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    I picked up an Amazon Fire TV Stick. The thing is amazing. And I love Amazon Prime Instant Video.
     
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    Would have definitely bought one a year so when we got our Roku. The Chromecast works well enough but you need a device to use it. My kids are able to use the Roku easily instead of needing a phone or tablet to use the chromecast. I would rather have this but I'm not gonna replace my Roku which is a great device.
     
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    I have two Chromecasts and two Amazon Fire TVs, I think this would just be a waste.
     
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    I picked one up yesterday. Rooted and running Kodi. Currently awaiting my new otg cable. The one I currently have is a 90 degree which works for the phone but not for the nexus player.

    By the way if you plan on rooting and really taking advantage get an otg cable.
     
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    If you have a chromecast then you are good to go. I have a chromecast and a roku 3. The nexus player is more like something for tinkers in my opinion. Out of the box it is inferior to the chromecast, in fact the chromcast does a better job with playing youtube. Where the nexus player is a buy is if you are use to the nexus eco system where you root and go find some tweaks that pushes the device. Even still in all it is a waste of money if you already have a chromecast and a fire tv stick. Really was a waste of money for me but I like tinkering and I feel like there is some potential. Here are 2 vids that helped me. One of them is informative you just have to get over the length.





    ^ the video above is what led me to give it a try.

    EDIT:

    In my tweaking I downloaded another version on youtube. Just uninstalled it and using the stock one and things are working better.
     
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    I rooted and put Kodi on both of my Fire TVs as well. Runs amazing on the FT, as I am sure it does on the Nexus Player. I picked up one of the Fire TV Sticks, but it was a little under powered for me, gave it to my mom and she loves it.

    If I ever lose one of these Fire TVs to failure, I might the Nexus Player.

    Edit: Also the Fire TV USB has full keyboard and mouse support right out of the box unrooted, so that was a nice bonus. No OTG needed.
     
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    One place the Nexus Player works better for me than the Fire TV's did was voice search. Not just the normal voice search, but asking it things like "what is the weather like". The Fire TV will offer you movies while the Nexus Player will answer your question.

    Tapped from a Nexus
     
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    That is a good point, though I am not sure I need another device in my house responding to Ok Google commands. I say it and my phone, tablet, watch, and my wife's phone light up. :p
     
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    I'm not even sure that deal I picked up on the Chromecast with Google Play credit was worth the purchase at this point and I have 2 Logitech Revu boxes gathering dust in my house anyway, so I won't be picking one of these up, but I enjoy seeing other people's experiences with the device.

    Given that I can stream Netflix and Amazon Instant on the xbox one and use my voice to control live tv playback, I didn't really need another option, but I figure the Chromecast will have its usefulness when we have videos/pictures to share with friends and family and don't want to crowd around a tiny phone or a small laptop thought, so I don't regret that purchase as much as I think I'd regret a $100 purchase that does about the same thing.
     
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    I had the Revue also until I upgraded the televisions in my house. I like not having to have another piece of hardware to do what all of these sticks/set top boxes do.
     
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