Well looking at this ball can anyone predict what this can be, well the Google has played a another gig by launching it’s 25-watt amplified obsession and named it as Nexus Q. six months ago Google predicted that Google TV would be embedded on the majority of next generation televisions by this summer. But sadly that hasn’t happened and Google come up with the it very own media streamer. It actually works as an receiver for video and audio content’s companies own online media services.
The Dimension of Nexus Q is what makes it more interesting, the Q is a 2 pound sphere, split at a 45-degree angle by ring of 32 LEDs. Makes it look more tempting. The entire upper half of the Q is a free spinning volume knob, whereas a pinprick Blue LED eyes from the front, by the way it’s just not for the style it also reveals the location of the Q’s touch-sensitive mute button. Inside that spherical is a decidedly more square dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor CPU paired with 1 GB of RAM, the same as Galaxy nexus, and along with 16GB of flash storage are included. With a bunch of both micro HDMI and optical audio outs, an Ethernet jack and a USB port. Makes it purely a streaming device, connecting over 10/100 Ethernet or dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi to pull media only from the cloud.
Looks are Great
The Look wise Nexus Q is Good and in such a price this device make’s you to buy this. The matte finish makes it feel great. Though it have tendency to pick up smudges and
smears rather quickly but it’s not very noticeable when it was sitting next to the Television. For initiating this user should have an Android Device to control and mange it for any media streaming. When you power on the Nexus Q the user is presented with the image of blue sphere on it’s Television, along with the welcome not in different languages.
When you connects and on the nexus Q with the Android Device it first initiates the downloading the of Q’s Management App. Upon Launch user can select the what room he into is and enter the password for the WiFi network, but here the problem arises with the stability of connectivity.
There is no way else to control your device but the app. The Google give very short window of interface for user, the only way to control and changing of setting’s can be done via only external App. User can adjust the brightness of the LEDs on any of the Q’s he connected, can also control the various output jacks, or can change the visuals during track play. The functionality is good, but somewhere it can be find very outdated to control such basic settings, when under the hood there is a device running Android 4.0.4 on a dual-core A9 processor.
In Nexus Q the streaming is initiated by within one of three Android Apps: YouTube, Play video, or Play Music. The real thing is that it doesn’t stream the content through the android device in fact it just works as an remote control which sends, telling Google servers to send media down to the Q over the web. The Nexus Q best Serves in the parties as with the 25-watt amp it’s just to loud enough to fill up average apartment, and with speakers it gives a clean and very detailed sound! In this sense it’s a buy, buy device for those who always host the party and other functions. Other than that while playback, the LED ring on the Q responds in sync with the rhythm and volume of the music, the pulses and other various light effect makes it seen very cool. The LED brings the life into this sphere device.
But the Drawback is just coming, while attempting to mute the Q it just reveals it’s hardware weakness, it’s doesn’t work that well, and sometimes even requires several time and the worst part is of restoring audio during playback.
In nexus Q the video is either initiated by YouTube or the Play movie app as discussed above . The content playing through the YouTube was impressive but yet the video from the play movies App however was not as promising as YouTube. It was suffering from exaggerated and overly dark images while playing. This the place where Google need to work on.
User may find themselves counting the things that the Q Couldn’t do rather than those it could, which somewhat makes it fail.
Never Judge a book by it’s cover, this pretty much works on the Nexus Q. The Tempting LEDs light and Glowing Ring around it can make you feel like it’s a device with many potential, but sorry to say with so many functionality gaps and buggy feature with buffering and bad quality of video along with the only compatibility, makes you somewhat thinks thrice, before buying this. As if you really need this or not, along with the fact that it price around $300. The Nexus Q can work in pace like, office, parties, and other occasion with many Android devices around.
The Basic Concept of Media Streaming is somehow failed in Nexus Q just because of it’s limitation with only 3 Apps.
Pros– Attractive Look, Works Well with YouTube.
Cons- Limitation with the App, Poor Video Quality.