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Nexus Player review: Google's third attempt at TV is a fine first draft

Jared Newman | Nov. 4, 2014
It didn't take long for Google's Nexus Player to realize I was hooked on the Food Network.

If you do decide to splurge on a few games, don't expect them all of them to be available on your Android phone or tablet. Some games in the catalog are TV-specific, and even games with multi-device support don't always carry your progress over. With so many people using Android phones and tablets, there's a huge opportunity to pitch Android TV gaming as "buy once, play everywhere," but it's just another area of inconsistency right now.

Bottom line
Android TV clearly has some challenges ahead, but I'm still rooting for it. While it may seem like the world doesn't need another set-top box platform, Google has proven that there's a better way to build one, drawing its core strengths in algorithmic suggestions, voice search, and sharp UI design.

But should you buy a Nexus Player right now? Only if you want to see where Google's vision goes and can subsist on a handful of basic apps like Netflix and Hulu until the ecosystem starts to fill out.

Either that, or you're really into the Food Network.

 

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