Google makes new retail push with Nexus Player
This past fall, Google broadened its Nexus lineup with the launch of the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet, the first hardware to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop. But beyond those mobile devices, we also saw Google introduce the Nexus Player, a set-top box running Android TV, intended to expand on what Chromecast did to bring Android into our living rooms by giving users a one-stop hub for both media and gaming. And while Google was quick to make the Nexus Player available for sale in the Play Store, that’s where it stayed – until now.
Reports are coming in on multiple fronts of Nexus Player availability coming to stores beyond Google’s itself. Online retailer Newegg currently has a product listing for the Nexus Player, advertising a release date of this coming Sunday.
There are also unverified reports of the Nexus Player turning up at brick-and-mortar retailers; specifically, multiple Reddit users have spotted the Nexus Player at local Walmart stores. While the company doesn’t yet have an online listing for the Player like Newegg has, the box appears to stealthily showing up in stores, where by all accounts it’s already available for sale – no waiting until Sunday here. However, some of those early sales could just be a fluke, and other retailers may be waiting until the weekend.
Pricing seems to be in line with Google’s own just-about-$100 price tag, so while this may not save you any money (at least, not yet – but this certainly opens the door for sales and more aggressive pricing), it sure makes it easier to give the product a spin. Be on the lookout for the Nexus Player in stores near you, and give us a shout in the comments if you’ve picked one up for yourself, to let us know what you think of the entertainment experience it offers.