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Nexus Player vs. Chromecast: Android TV Has Out-Googled Google

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  1. Jeffrey

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    What’s the difference between Nexus Player and Chromecast? EVERYTHING. Well, ok, some things. At their core, they both serve the same fundamental purpose, they are for streaming content to your TV from your Android devices. Chromecast is the in between point for Google’s vision of Android TV. It’s a simple dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and allows you to stream content from an Android phone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows laptop or Chromebook. Nexus Player includes that feature and expands it considerably to create Google’s vision for Android TV.

    Chromecast is only $35 making it affordable, but limited in its functionality. There are apps like Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, Pandora, Crackle and others that you can use and mirror their content from your device to the TV. Everything about Chromecast is simple and easy to use. Your phone functions as the remote, giving you the ability to control volume, browse, fast forward, rewind, search and play content.

    Nexus Player is $99, making it $65 more expensive than the Chromecast. It takes everything Chromecast has and adds to it. Nexus Player is a full home entertainment center, it includes a sleek circular console that weights 235g with dimensions of 120 x 120 x 120 mm and a voice controlled remote. Nexus Player goes beyond Chromecast by offering a wider range of personalization options and a more advanced search feature. One the voice control remote, you can press the mic button and say the name of the show or movie to find it.

    [​IMG]Chromecast[​IMG]Screen mirroring

    Since Nexus Player is more of a console than a simple dongle it has specs. The Nexus Player has a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor with a Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D engine, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Unlike the simple Chromecast that only needs an HDMI outlet, the Nexus Player has ports for 18W DC power, HDMI outlet for 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz and a micro-USB 2.0 port. The Nexus Player 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) Wi-FI and Bluetooth 4.1. The voice control remote requires 2 AAA batteries that are included and has Bluetooth Smart. The remote weights 40g without the batteries and has dimensions of 37 x 140 x 16 mm.

    [​IMG]Voice control remote[​IMG]Nexus Player console[​IMG]Voice control remote

    The purpose of Nexus Player isn’t just for streaming content from your device to your TV (which it can also do). It also functions as a game center, you can use a separate controller to play Android games on the big screen, which presumably also includes emulators. It has a free online multiplayer and syncs achievements and scores across your devices. Like Chromecast, the Nexus Player is compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows laptops and Chromebooks. The content from the Nexus Player also syncs across Android devices allowing you to watch on your phone, TV and tablet.

    [​IMG]Nexus Player controller

    The Chromecast is plug and play, the Nexus Player may require a little bit of setup. We have no indication that Google intends to stop selling Chromecasts, especially since a refresh is coming, so consumers have the choice between the two devices. If you are a simple cord-cutter who only wants to stream content from online to your TV then a $35 Chromecast may suffice. If you are someone who desires a more dedicated entertainment center with the option to play games, with greater options and flexibility then the $99 Nexus Player may be what you need. If you want to see what a future Android TV might look like, look to Nexus Player, not Chromecast.

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