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We’ve talked quite a bit about the Android TV here at Ausdroid, and while the international rollout has been a bit slow, we got on the game early with some imported Nexus Player models from the USA, as have a number of you guys.

However, today’s news is kind of exciting. Google is bringing Android TV to Australia officially, with the Nexus Player going on sale next week in retail stores nation wide. Dick Smith and JB HiFi will both be carrying the Nexus Player for a recommended retail price of $129.Β Update:Β The game controller is available separately for $49 through the same channels.

If you’ve already got a great big TV and you’re in no hurry to upgrade, the Nexus Player gives you the complete experience of Android TV without having to spend thousands of dollars on a new telly. Announced at Google I/O last year, Android TV has the ambitious goal of putting Android inside the TV, and from my quick play with a demonstration unit, it delivers.

FINAL_TV with UI _ Player (1)The remote has a handy (and accurate) microphone which interfaces with Google’s voice search system, making content discovery, apps, music and videos really easy to navigate.

For those who want to get into a bit of gaming, there’s a game controller available as well, and a really cool feature — play games on your TV, and then continue on your smartphone where you left off (with supported games, presumably).

Last, but not least, is that the Nexus Player offers the same functionality as a Chromecast, so you can throw content from your phone or tablet to it as well, offering a truly integrated experience.

The Nexus Player from Asus will be available atΒ JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith next week for $129. Let us know if you’ll be getting one!

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Nobody813
Nobody813
5 years ago

Just went into Dick Smith and asked if my local store would have them on release day, and they said they wouldn’t. Lady at the checkout said Dick Smith would only have around 155 or something available on launch. I hope this isn’t the case

Robert Johnstone
Robert Johnstone
5 years ago

I have had mine for a few months via the US. It is certainly quirky – and in my experience prone to crashing. Netflix is superior on our AppleTV. Love the voice control though – very popular here for Google Music and YouTube – vastly superior compared with typing on the AppleTV – and surprisingly accurate. Performance was enhanced after setting up an ethernet connection.ο»Ώ However, If I was buying now, I’d wait for the Razer
http://www.harveynorman.com.au/games-gaming-consoles/game-consoles/gaming-consoles/razer-forge-tv.html

Harvz
Harvz
5 years ago

I think ill just wait for the forge or Shield. The Forge looks like it will only be a bit more and i like the idea of full sized USB and ethernet port, as i have heard lots of people complain about connectivity issues

http://www.harveynorman.com.au/games-gaming-consoles/game-consoles/gaming-consoles/razer-forge-tv.html

Level380
Level380
5 years ago
Greg Lamb
Greg Lamb
5 years ago

Any news on how Plex runs. Looking for something thats simpler for everyone else to use in the lounge as the Samsung smart BluRay confuses everyone else. Apart from Plex, anyone know how Netflix runs and if any of the catchup TV apps work? Thx

Chris
Reply to  Greg Lamb
5 years ago

Haven’t tried Netflix, but I can confirm Plex just loves the Nexus Player. It’s as if they were made for each other… πŸ˜‰ Catchup TV apps don’t support Nexus Player yet, but some may in future (http://ausdroid.net/2015/04/24/australian-broadcasters-arent-ready-for-the-launch-of-the-nexus-player/).

virduk
virduk
5 years ago

Well. With the DSE 25$ off Friday special I caved and preordered one. This will be a nice test of the platform whilst I wait for the Shield to be released in Oz.

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
5 years ago

Just checked DSE Chermside to confirm when the GNP will be on shelf.
It’s in their system, but no info on how many they’re getting or when.

Nobody813
Nobody813
Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

I asked someone if my local store would have them in stock on release day, and she said they wouldn’t. Lady at the checkout said DSE would only have around 155 or something available on launch, but would need to be bought online. I hope this isn’t the case

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

Just checked DSE Toombul about the GNP.
Stock in transit, should have arrived early last week.
The staffer who specialises in that area, isn’t happy with the delay.

yo
yo
5 years ago

Does plex support direct play? I remember reading about that at launch. Not sure if its fixed or notas i havent paid much attention to the device.

Michael Mckerrell
Michael Mckerrell
5 years ago

Is the 8 GB storage totally free out of the box or does the system and preinstalled apps take up apart of the 8 GB available storage?

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
5 years ago

Yes please. Competitive pricing based on other regions πŸ™‚

My only thought is how the Nvidia alternative will compare. It seems a much more powerful unit.

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Joshua Hill
5 years ago

Wow, Joshua Hill back on deck. Haven’t seen you round lately. Welcome back.

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
5 years ago

Thanks. I’ve still been reading πŸ™‚

Used Ausdroid’s tip off on the 20% ebay sale recently to get a Z3 compact after I lost my Z1 compact.

Michael Mckerrell
Michael Mckerrell
5 years ago

How much app storage space is available to install new apps from the 8 GB mentioned in the specifications?

Michael Mckerrell
Michael Mckerrell
5 years ago

What version of Android does it run?

Chris
Reply to  Michael Mckerrell
5 years ago

Upgrades out of the box to 5.1

rfrost
rfrost
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Is yours fast as the review I posted a link to in comments states it was slow

Chris
Reply to  rfrost
5 years ago

I haven’t noticed any appreciable slowness on this one. In fact it seems pretty fast.

Alan Cramer
5 years ago

Foxtel GO anyone?

Chris
Reply to  Alan Cramer
5 years ago

Not supported as yet.

SlasheeTheCow
SlasheeTheCow
5 years ago

I would get one, but the Shield (console) is supposed to be coming, so… something I have to think about.

virduk
virduk
Reply to  SlasheeTheCow
5 years ago

Yeah. Of course who knows when if ever it will get launched here. certain no other Shield product has.

Jason Hendry
Jason Hendry
5 years ago

So, Google decided the timing was right to release their media device now that the AU Gov has tightened its sphincter on meta data and Dallas Buyers Club has a test case before the courts. I’m pretty pro Google on most fronts but the timing is auspicious.

Darryl
Darryl
Reply to  Jason Hendry
5 years ago

Nah you’re clutching at straws mate

Fred
Fred
5 years ago

Sigh, too expensive. When will they learn?

The Apple TV is available for less, and the chromecast is even cheaper. People aren’t going to pay more than $99 in reality, and only then if you can find a USP for it.

Wake me up when they do the chromecast 2 with 4K capability for less than $50 – that’s where they need to be aiming.

virduk
virduk
Reply to  Fred
5 years ago

Well I would if I had more faith about its power and that it had ethernet and supported extra storage better.

Philip Clark
Philip Clark
5 years ago

Can external storage be attached and video files watched from storage? Can it run utorrent? (For entirely legal purposes of course)

Chris
Reply to  Philip Clark
5 years ago

External storage via USB OTG works fine and videos can be played without to much mucking about. Dunno about utorrent tho

rfrost
rfrost
5 years ago

The only problem is he Nexus player has no ethernet support and is way way too slow. Any existing Nexus Player users have any experience with it? The reviews have been pretty savage on this

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  rfrost
5 years ago

Non issue.
The connection string is this:
USB ethernet adaptor connected to powered USB hub connected to USB OTG cable

See the comments on this Android Central article:
The Nexus Player works with external storage and USB ethernet

William Ferguson
William Ferguson
Reply to  rfrost
5 years ago

It has an ethernet port. At least the one I’m holding in my hands has.

rfrost
rfrost
Reply to  William Ferguson
5 years ago

Thats interesting as this is the image I find on the net on the Nexus Player – you can see NO ethernet port. Can you please take a photo of the rear of it and the model/revision number. Maybe Australian Nexus Players have ethernet!

Chris
Reply to  rfrost
5 years ago

Nexus Player has no ethernet port. ADT-1 does.

If you really want or need ethernet, then a USB-Ethernet adaptor will work perfectly.

rfrost
rfrost
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Has anyone purchased this Australian Nexus Player – and does not already have an Android TV ADT-1 device which is NOT the Nexus player! Thats what I was asking.

William Ferguson
William Ferguson
Reply to  rfrost
5 years ago

Ah, sorry. Missed that sub text – mine is an ADT-1

rfrost
rfrost
Reply to  William Ferguson
5 years ago

Look here http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/03/google-nexus-player-review/ the lack of Ethernet port is stated on this review. Are you saying your version has Ethernet? If it does this is clearly a 2nd rev player. Can you post a picture of the back of your player showing the ports as I am keen to see whatever else they changed in rev 2.

Fluff Hair
Fluff Hair
5 years ago

Hi can you use screen mirroring from my galaxy note 2

rfrost
rfrost
Reply to  Fluff Hair
5 years ago

No need – use Chromecast feature build into Android. Screen Mirroring is a samsung only feauture whereas Google’s ‘Cast’ protocol is across all Android devices

Fluff Hair
Fluff Hair
Reply to  rfrost
5 years ago

thanks

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Fluff Hair
5 years ago

Screen Mirroring from Note 2 isn’t supported according to the official Google Support page – https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6059461?hl=en

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
5 years ago

Minor request: Can the article be updated with the links for pre-ordering the controller separately?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

As soon as they’re live – yes.

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
5 years ago

Thanks Dan
πŸ™‚

Mark Brown
Mark Brown
5 years ago

I’ve got an Apple TV for my Apple content, I was hoping the Chromecast was the solution for my Google Play content, but having to do everything with my phone made it a lot harder, so this looks like the better option, so pretty sure I’ll be getting one.

Ash
Ash
Reply to  Mark Brown
5 years ago

You can also cast to Chromecast from your Chromebook and Chrome Browser on any OS.

Robert de Julia
Robert de Julia
5 years ago

Can you download Google Movies or just stream them?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Robert de Julia
5 years ago

Stream – there’s no offline mode as far as I`ve seen.

Coggs
Coggs
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
5 years ago

I use plex for my “offline” stuff

Paul Walker
Paul Walker
5 years ago

I think I prefer the Razer Forge TV. It has wired Ethernet and a more grunty CPU. Harvey Norman have them for pre-order for $158.

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
Reply to  Paul Walker
5 years ago

Nvidia has an alternative too although i’m not sure if its released or available in australia.

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Joshua Hill
5 years ago

Shield Console. Nvidia said they’re working to get it here, but they’ve been saying that since the Shield Portable was released.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker
Reply to  Joshua Hill
5 years ago

Yeah, the Shield. It looks great (X1 CPU and 4K!) but looks like it will be expensive. Not available yet. I liked the Razer as it was a good middle ground. It has wired Ethernet, 16GB storage and a better CPU than the Nexus.

Andrew
5 years ago

Can Plex run on it? Currently the Chromecast is mainly used for that, so if it works on a Nexus Player without needing to have a phone/tablet handy that would be pretty nice.

For anyone else that has it, overall, is it worth it?

Chris
Reply to  Andrew
5 years ago

It runs Plex perfectly, and I’ve already got the 2 year old trained in how to use it.

Controller is Bluetooth. No LOS necessary.

Rowan
5 years ago

Aside from the gaming aspect, what’s the strengths of this over a Chromecast?

PointZeroOne
PointZeroOne
Reply to  Rowan
5 years ago

That’s what I’m wondering as well.

I guess you don’t need another device to cast from is the main thing.

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Rowan
5 years ago

Mainly using it for playing content for myself. I buy a lot of movies in Google Play, so having my account signed in means my wife can watch stuff from my account without me even being there.

There’s the gaming aspect which is a big part as well. Also you can set your own DNS servers if you want to get around any region restrictions ;).

Rowan
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
5 years ago

Is the interface good enough that you would want to give up controlling it on your phone?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Rowan
5 years ago

It’s not bad, the controller if you have it in hand makes it quite easy to navigate, but I always pick up my phone to use the Remote app when I need to type anything.

Jamie Saltmarsh
Jamie Saltmarsh
Reply to  Rowan
5 years ago

I’m pretty sure you can connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard too if you like. Correct me if I’m wrong Dan

Rowan
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
5 years ago

And does it have an optical out?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Rowan
5 years ago

No Optical out.

PointZeroOne
PointZeroOne
5 years ago

Is there a way to see what apps are available for it?

Chris
Reply to  PointZeroOne
5 years ago

Easiest way is to buy one and see .. πŸ˜‰

PointZeroOne
PointZeroOne
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Well for Chromecast they’ve got a page you can see what is available for use on it, just wondered if there was something like that.

Or will ‘any’ android app work on it?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  PointZeroOne
5 years ago

No Focus page for Android TV apps on Google Play as far as I`m aware. Most Android Apps will load, but they sometimes don’t work due to the lack of touch input, apps need to be updated with Gamepad or Remote control support to work properly.

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  PointZeroOne
5 years ago

Just found there is a selection of Android TV apps in a round-up https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_3000e26_androidtv_apps_all?hl=en but I believe there are more just not on this page.

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
5 years ago

Dan, is there a similar list for Android TV games?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

Sure ishttps://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_3000e24_androidtv_games_all?hl=en

Harvz
Harvz
Reply to  PointZeroOne
5 years ago

The play store that’s on android tv has only apps approved by google to work on android tv. But there are many apps you can either install from the play store webpage to android TV or sideload. Here is a google doc from XDA with apps people tested that are not in the android tv play store. Games are on the second tab:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/tDSTJGPLm4aYsgvO4zoh07g/htmlview#gid=0

SammoSammo
SammoSammo
5 years ago

Is the remote infra-red or bluetooth?

Level380
Level380
Reply to  SammoSammo
5 years ago

bluetooth/rf

toast
toast
5 years ago

Can to install Kodi on it?

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  toast
5 years ago

It runs a version of Android.
With Kodi being available for Android, it’s likely that this will be possible.

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  toast
5 years ago

Yes. You can. I had to side-load it but you can definitely do it. Kodi has been launched on Google Play in Beta so it’s coming, but not widely available on Google Play as yet.

Tradjick
Tradjick
5 years ago

Shiney! Of course I’ll end up getting one *sigh*

Glasfunk
Glasfunk
5 years ago

Just need to get the CFO’s approval and I am all over this.

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  Glasfunk
5 years ago

Get it anyway, and don’t worry about the CFO’s approval.

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

A case of better to ask forgiveness than permission? πŸ˜‰

Glasfunk
Glasfunk
Reply to  JeniSkunk
5 years ago

Some of us care a little more about our partner’s opinion than that…

I wasn’t serious when I said ‘approval’, but regardless, I do like to make sure there’s no concerns before I go throwing 130 bucks down on the latest gadget.

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Glasfunk
5 years ago

try throwing $210 at ebay to get this last week!!! AAARRGGHHH…. oh well my “overlord”doesn’t know the difference between this and the apple TV so i was safe LOL . Random question, I want to buy a controller. i was looking at the Moga pro range but they are like $100. So, does anyone know if you can use this controller with your android tabelt/phone??? or visa versa(moga with the nexus player)

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
Reply to  Glasfunk
5 years ago

Lighten up πŸ™‚ I’m sure everyone was just being friendly

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
5 years ago

YES!
Definitely getting one!