Now the box is listed as “out of inventory.”
Update: It’s available for order again.
Why the about face? Android Police did a little digging and found that it’s not just that Google ran out of stock.
There’s new language on the Nexus Player web page noting that the device hasn’t yet been approved by the Federal Communications Commissions.
The FCC has to approve pretty much any device with wireless communications features before it can go on sale int he United States. So until the Nexus Player if FCC certified, Google cannot sell it.
We probably won’t have to wait long for that to happen, but until it does, the Nexus Player will likely remain out of inventory.
The Google Nexus Player is a small, round box with an Intel Atom quad-core processor, PowerVR Series 6 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, and HDMI output. It’s meant to let you stream videos and music from the internet, play Android games on a TV, and run other apps that support Android TV.
The box comes with a wireless remote control that supports voice search and there’s an optional $40 gamepad.
Update: The Nexus Player passed through the FCC on October 19th.
If Google has its way, the Nexus Player will be the first Android TV box to hit the market, but not the last. The company is hoping its software is widely adopted by set-top-box makers the way Android has already been adopted by many smartphone and tablet makers.
That’s in contrast to smart TV solutions by rivals including Roku, Apple, and Amazon. Each of those companies has its own platform for bringing internet media to your TV — but if you want to use Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV software, you need an Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV device.