This fall Google will release Android TV, a version of its mobile operating system optimized to run on smart TVs and set-top-boxes.

The platform will launch alongside Google Android L for smartphones and tablets, and it’ll be optimized to let you stream internet video from sites including YouTube and Netflix as well as music from iHeart Radio, TuneIn, and a range of other apps optimized for big screens.

Google has said it’s working with a number of companies on smart TVs and TV boxes… and it looks like one of the first might have just shown up in the database of benchmarking utility GFXBench.

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An unannounced device called the Asus Nexus Player recently showed up in the GFXBench results.

It features a 1.8 GHz Intel Quad-core processor with PowerVR G6430 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 6GB of storage, and WiFi and runs an operating system described as Android L.

There are two displays listed: a 23.7 inch screen and a 31.9 inch screen. Both are 1920 x 1080 pixel displays. While it’s possible that this means there are two different smart TVs in the works, it’s more likely that the Asus Nexus Player is a box that you can plug into any TV with an HDMI cable.

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Google has already said that Asus will be one of the first companies to offer an Android TV streaming box. Razer also has one in the works, while Sony, Sharp, Philips, and TP Vision are working on smart TVs with Android TV software.

But if the Asus box really uses the Nexus name, it could be sold in partnership with Google much the way Nexus phones and tablets are and positioned as a device aimed at developers and consumers alike.

Not all Android TV devices will have Intel processors. Google says the software will also work with devices featuring Qualcomm, NVIDIA, MediaTek, and Marvell processors.


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13 replies on “Asus Nexus Player could be one of the first Android TV devices”

  1. If it has a USB port and can run xbmc, and is at a decent price I would love to buy this

  2. How does the Intel chip compare to the Tegra 4 and Tegra K1 chip? The ADT-1 (Android TV developer box has a Tegra 4 chip and 2 GB of RAM). According to Intel the Moorefield chip has better performance than the Qualcom 800 chips.

    If this is indeed a Nexus Android TV box – perhaps the Intel Moorefield chip is at least comparable to a Tegra 4 chip – but maybe it costs less? I was hoping for 2GB of RAM but it might run OK with 1GB. I think the overriding concern for a Nexus box is to get the best bang for the buck (so to speak). With the idea being that the Nexus box competes with the $99 competitors such as Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, etc.

    We could still Android TV boxes with Tegra K1 chips that might handle gaming better – but those will cost more than $99 and they won’t be Nexus boxes subsidized by Google.

  3. It was my understanding that Android TV was being released with Nvidea’s Tegra K1. Plenty of horsepower for gaming. Read somewhere that Google realized that the Marvell chips in the Google TV were not powerful enough.

  4. Intel Quad core, with PowerVR G6430 – what is it Moorefield? Why it is called 4000 series then?

    1. I’m wondering the same thing… which is why I didn’t specify. It’s either a misnumbered Moorefield chip… or maybe an unannounced, next-gen chip aimed at TV devices.

      1. That graph shows that Moorefield chips have PowerVR G6430 graphics… but they’re still z3xxx series chips. If GFXBench is right, this is a 4000 series chip… whatever that means.

        1. I totally overlooked that… maybe it’s 3000 series a refresh… Whatever the case, I’m looking forward to seeing what Android TV has to offer

        2. 4000 series usually refers to the fact Bay Trail uses a Ivy Bridge based Gen 7 GMA, but Moorefield and Merrifield use the Imagination PowerVR GPU instead… So, I don’t think GFXBench is right….

          Btw, Merrifield is the dual core version, the quad cores are Moorefield… So this is a Moorefield SoC!

          1. But 4000 Series is listed in the CPU box, while the GPU box says it has a PowerVR chip.

            Either GFXBench has something wrong… or this may be an unannounced chip. It’s probably related to Moorefield, but it might be something new.

          2. Probably just an internal numbering system then… Like the initial Haswell 22nm release were sometimes labeled “Core 4000 Series”…

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