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New Nexus Q Replacement?: Unnanounced Google Media Streamer Hits The FCC

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    Speculation Of A Nexus Q Replacement Swirls After An Unannounced Google Media Streamer Hits The FCC | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Matt Burns - May 18, 2013

    "Google is prepping... something. An announced Google media streamer was recently found in the FCC's testing database. Details are nearly nonexistent as most are held under a confidentiality agreement for the next 45 days. However, the documents released to the public call the device several times a "media player" and that it features WiFi connectivity.


    The H840, with a model number of H2G2-42 (a clever nod to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), could be a Nexus Q replacement. After all, Google's new music streaming service does not work with the ill-fated Nexus Q, nor does Google have a mass-market way to get it into living rooms. Google essentially needs its own Apple TV device.


    Mass consumption is the only way Google Play Music All Access is going to be successful. Google needs to follow Pandora's lead and get its service onto as many platforms and screens as possible. A native Google TV app will likely debut shortly. But Google TV is far from successful enough to do this job alone.


    It's rather strange Google didn't announce this device at I/O last week. This device will launch within the coming weeks. The FCC will release the rest of the details including the device's user manual in 45 days, giving Google a rather small launch window.


    A $99-ish Roku/Apple TV clone is a no-brainer for Google. Call it a Nexus streamer. It would be a media consumption device, able to serve up Google Play and likely several staple streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. Use an Android device for the remote. Profit."
     
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    Hmmm... This could be the Google "pure streaming" device that has been rumored in the press to be something like Apple TV/Roku. Perhaps something like a Google TV "light" with the new Google Music subscription service thrown in? I don't think this media streamer is a Nexus Google TV device. We should learn more soon.

    *If this device had a good Chrome browser - then for my own personal needs I would probably prefer it over a traditional GTV device. (I don't have a cable box and I don't really use android apps much. I use the Chrome browser a lot though).

    However I don't think that it's likely to support a Chrome browser.....
     
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    New Media Streaming Device Made by Google Hits FCC, Please be a New Nexus Q ? Droid Life (click for full article)

    by Kellex - May 18, 2013

    "A new device made by Google recently made its way through the hands of the FCC with model number H2G2-42, product name of "H840 DEVICE," and a description that says it "functions as a media player." Yes, a media player. This new device is powered by an external source (AC adapter), so it's likely not a smartphone or tablet, can connect via WiFi over 802.11 b/g/n, and has the ability to be hooked up to a display. So what is it? The FCC filing only gives us what I just listed, so it's tough to tell. One thing we do know is that Google made a media streaming device last year with all of these characteristics, which you may be familiar with as the Nexus Q.


    As you know, the Nexus Q did not arrive again at Google I/O after failing to launch after last year's unveiling, nor did many things that most of us were expecting (new Gmail, new Nexus 7, etc.), but sources of ours told us a week ago that there is another Nexus Q-like device potentially in the works from Google. It's currently codenamed "Wolfie," has an RGB LED light, and when (or if) it is released, will have an "emphasis on gaming." We still aren't sure if this is it or if we're even going to see it reach customers hands. With that said, FCC filings are almost always a good sign of things to come.


    Plus, we would love to see Google make up for the current Nexus Q situation. The current model has suffered from streaming errors for months now. And with the newest release of Google Music, the current Q is no longer even supported (at least for the time being)."
     
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