Nexus Player

Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Google, while generous with its updates, follows a more or less strict timetable for its Nexus devices. Nexus phones and tablets are guaranteed two years’ worth of updates, including major Android version, nothing more but sometimes less. The odd exception seems to be the Nexus Player Android TV puck, which unexpectedly got Android Oreo in September, a year after it reached its end of life. Adding to the pleasant surprise is the addition of Google Assistant, which sneaked into the device via the November security update.

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Nexus Player finally gets its Android 8.0 Oreo update

Nexus Player finally gets its Android 8.0 Oreo update

Remember the Nexus Player? Yes, that pucked-shaped, ASUS-made device that was supposed to showcase the best of Android TV, just like the Nexus phones were supposed to do. It was launched back in 2014 but, surprisingly and unlike Nexus phones of that year, it is still getting major Android updates. In fact, it has now just received Android 8.0 Oreo after a short delay due to a showstopping bug. Now the few Nexus Player owners still hanging around can boast to their Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 contemporaries that they are now enjoying some cookie goodness the Motorola-made phone won’t officially get.

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Android TV’s new UI adds Google Assistant to the big screen

Android TV’s new UI adds Google Assistant to the big screen

Google Assistant's arrival on Android TV has long been heralded by Google itself. But, thanks to some juicy partnership, the first and so far only Android TV device to enjoy that was the new NVIDIA SHIELD. Soon, however, it will be joined by other devices, including the Nexus Player, as Google finally rolls out the feature. It won't be alone, however, as Google will also be giving Android TV a small facelift.

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Android 7.1.2 rolling out first to Pixel C, Nexus Player

Android 7.1.2 rolling out first to Pixel C, Nexus Player

Android Nougat might sound like old news, now that Android O has formally been teased in a developer preview. But that's not to say that the nutty treat isn't going to have one last hurrah before it goes out of season. Following the second beta that was released just a few weeks ago, Android 7.1.2 is finally rolling out in its final form, at least according to some user reports. Strangely enough, the final Android Nougat update is apparently landing first on the Pixel C and the Nexus Player, two of Google's older devices that are in dire need of some love.

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Android 7.0 Nougat images appear for Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus Player

Android 7.0 Nougat images appear for Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus Player

In case you haven't heard the news, Android 7.0 Nougat released yesterday. The news is even better for owners of current Nexus devices, as they're first on the list to receive over-the-air updates to the latest version of Android. However, like previous releases, we're expecting the OTA roll out to take as long as a couple of weeks, so eager Nexus owners may not get the update right away. For those who prefer their gratification to come sooner rather than later, you'll be pleased to know that Google has started posting Nougat images for a handful of Nexus devices.

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Android 7.0 Nougat released today: What you need to know

Android 7.0 Nougat released today: What you need to know

The day has finally arrived: Google has launched Android 7.0 Nougat, and over-the-air updates should be arriving on various Nexus devices in the near - if not immediate - future. We're sort of seeing Google break with expectations in launching Nougat on its own, as the company has been known to sometimes launch new versions of Android alongside the reveal of a new Nexus device. No such luck this time around, it would seem.

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Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

It appears the Nexus Player is dead, but maybe its fate isn't as definite as many thought. Some new documents from ASUS were recently filed with the FCC that show a device featuring the same ID as the past Nexus Player, but with some minor changes -- things like updated circuit system components, a lower gain antenna and other things that presumably need the FCC's approval.

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Google working to fix Android 6.0 bug affecting Nexus Player, 5X and 6P

Google working to fix Android 6.0 bug affecting Nexus Player, 5X and 6P

Google has acknowledged reports claiming the Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P are suffering from bugs introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The cause of the issues affecting the Nexus Player are somewhat different than the cause of the issues affecting the two handsets, however. Google says it has already created a fix for the two phones, which will be arriving to users soon.

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Google Nexus Player to launch March 26 in UK

Google Nexus Player to launch March 26 in UK

We first laid hands on the Nexus Player back in November of last year when we reviewed the device. It's a round large puck-like device connects to your TV and marks the debut of Android TV. The device is designed to sit atop your TV and stream all sorts of digital content that you know and love to your big screen.

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Nexus Player breaks out into Best Buy and Newegg

Nexus Player breaks out into Best Buy and Newegg

Android TV is such a novel concept, not to mention implementation, that it will require a lot more exposure before it becomes the de facto Android living room experience that Google most likely wants it to be. In this case, the more people that can get their hands on an Android TV device, the better. That is why the availability of the Nexus Player outside of the very limited reach of Google Play Store is such a good thing. This ASUS-made puck is now also available from Best Buy and Newegg to reach more interested owners.

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The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

Nexus owners, get ready for an upgrade. Google has announced that most Nexus devices will soon be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop, and while they didn’t come right out and say which would and wouldn’t get Lollipop officially, we’ve got a good idea. Via the Android Developer’s page from Google, we see the factory image postings for all Nexus devices. The usual suspects you’d expect to get the update are there, but some notable exceptions are raising some eyebrows.

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Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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