Published On: Sat, Nov 15th, 2014

ASUS And Google Announce Nexus Player

ASUS and Google today announced Nexus Player, an Android TV device that streams music, movies, and videos. It is also the first Android gaming device that lets users play games on their HDTV with a gamepad for added control; and allows them to continue playing on-the-move via their mobile device. Nexus Player is Google Cast-ready, and can stream multimedia content from any Android or Apple® iOS mobile device, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook™ to any HDTV. Priced at US$99, Nexus Player is available on Google Play in the US and Canada. The optional gamepad will be sold at $39.

ASUS and Google Announce Nexus Player

“Following the success of Nexus 7, we are excited to continue our partnership with Google with the introduction of Nexus Player. It is the perfect combination of software and hardware, giving users entertainment options ranging from movies and music, to Android games,” said ASUS Computer International President Steve Chang.

Instant access to a myriad of entertainment options

Nexus Player opens users up to a world of content and apps, giving them access to hit TV shows, movies, and videos from Google Play, YouTube, Food Network, Hulu Plus, Netflix, PBS Kids and more. They can even rent or buy thousands of blockbusters, classics and award-winning shows from Google Play.

A remote control lets users navigate through the player interface, conduct voice-enabled searches, or play casual games. Searching and discovering new content is made easy with voice search functionality as well as personalized recommendations on the home screen. Any Android phone, tablet, or Android Wear device can also be used as a Nexus Player remote thanks to the downloadable Android remote app.

Nexus Player weighs just 8.35oz, featuring a unique 4.7inch-diameter disc-shaped design that is only 0.78inch thick. The sleek, streamlined design of the Nexus Player blends perfectly to any home entertainment setup. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel® Atom™ processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB of eMMC storage. It features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low energy (BLE), 1080p HDMI output and a micro USB port.

Android gaming with a gamepad

Nexus Player can be paired with an optional gamepad via Bluetooth 3.0, so users can enjoy a game console-like Android gaming experience on their HDTV. With this dedicated gamepad, users can fully enjoy precise control over a wide array of fast-paced games ranging from racing, 2D side-scrollers, or beat-em-ups.

Google Play Games even provides free online and offline multiplayer functionalities; as well as cross-platform play so users can collect achievements and save their progress whether they’re playing on their Android phone, tablet, or TV.

Availability & Pricing

ASUS Nexus Player and the optional gamepad are available on Google Play in the United States and Canada. ASUS Nexus Player has a suggested retail price of US$99; while the optional gamepad retails at US$39.


TV Box
Operating system Android TV
Processor Quad-core Intel® Atom™ 1.8GHz
GPU IMG Series 6, 6430 457MHz
Memory &
Wireless 802.11n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi (MIMO)
Bluetooth 4.0 with Bluetooth low energy
Connectivity DC Jack
HDMI 1.4
Micro USB 2.0
Video formats Video: H.264, H.265, VP8, and VP9
Photo: JPEG, PNG
Audio formats MP3, AAC-LC
Features Voice search
Google Cast Ready
Personalized recommendations
Gaming apps
Google Cloud services
Size 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.78inch
Weight 8.35oz


Remote control
Bluetooth Bluetooth low energy (Smart)
Voice search Microphone input
Buttons Voice
5-way directional
Batteries 2 x AAA (included)
Size 1.45 x 5.48 x 0.59inch
Weight 1.39oz without batteries
2.19oz with batteries


Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR
Buttons Standard gamepad controls
Batteries 2 x AA (included)
Size 5.98 x 4.25 x 2.48inch
Weight 8.34oz without batteries