Japan to become the first Asian market to get Nexus Player

Google Nexus PlayerJapan is all set to become the first Asian market as well as the first country outside North America to get the Android TV-powered Nexus Player. According to Google, the Asus-made Nexus Player will be released in the country next month. The device will go on sale in the end of February and carry a price-tag of 12,800 yen ($108).  There is no word on the price of the optional game controller.

To remind you, Nexus Player is the first commercially available Android TV device. It features 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It is capable of 1080p output via HDMI and packs Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

“We announced Android TV at Google I/O in 2014 as a new platform that puts Android inside televisions and set-top boxes. Just by speaking to the remote, you can find live TV shows, a new movie release on Google Play, or a cooking video on YouTube and watch them all on the biggest screen in your house. You can also use the remote, and the separate game controller, to turn your TV and Android games into a gaming console,” noted Google Asia-Pacific in a blog post.

Google has also revealed that a number of Japanese content apps will be available in Android TV Play Store like Video Market, Hot Pepper Beauty, Ryori Sapuri and Hulu’s offering in Japan.

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