If you are thinking about buying a Google Nexus Player, you’ll need to find it from a third-party retailer (if you can find one) or on ebay. The Nexus Player, powered by Google’s Android TV, and build by ASUS, has been removed from the Google Play Store’s hardware section.
The Nexus Player came with a voice search remote and an optional gaming remote. It also was the first device to offer Android TV, which is the new technology that replaced its ill-fated Google TV offering.
If you go to the section of the Google Play Store, you’ll find a lot of TV & Audio Chromecasts and the NVIDIA Shield. NVIDIA’s device is also powered by Android TV and offers 4K Ultra HD TV and is a powerhouse built for serious gaming.
The site Droid Life first spotted this today. Apparently, major retail outlets have been sold out for several weeks, and I was able to find some on ebay.
Android TV Isn’t Dead Though
During Google I/O it was noted that new APIs for recording live TV and a lot more will be part of the Android N upgrade for the Android TV platform. Among other updates, new channels are coming which include Starz and WatchESPN.
With so many set-top devices out there now, even if the company decided it wasn’t worth making its own box anymore, it will still allow manufacturer’s like NVIDIA, Xiaomi, Vizio, and others to put Android TV and Google Cast in their TVs and entertainment devices.
If you aren’t familiar with the Nexus Player or Android TV, take a look at the following articles for more information.
Google Nexus Player Set-Top Box First Impressions
Google Nexus Player with Android TV Worth a Second Look?
For more, check out the short video below that shows new features in the upcoming Android N: