Nexus Player Returns to Google Store for $99

The Nexus Player is Google’s first public Android TV device (discounting the developer-only ADT-1). Released in fall 2014 for $99, it has since been on sale several times and even went out of stock on the Google Store for a while. At one point it was a clearance item at brick and mortar stores like Target and Best Buy for only $25. This led to much speculation as to the release of a newer model, hopefully with better specs, or whether the Nexus Player would be forgotten in the shadow of other devices like the NVIDIA Shield.

Surprisingly, the Nexus Player has just appeared again on the Google Store for it’s original price of $99. It appears to be the same as the original, with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The description doesn’t appear to have changed either. Google’s reasoning for this is not clear. We’ve reached out to Google for comment.

Android N on TVs is currently only available for the Nexus Player, so the device itself hasn’t been forgotten. Is it time for this media player to resurge at it’s original price? Our review of the Nexus Player was positive, and it seems like it’ll continue to get love and support from Google.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Gfame103

    Google needs to release something comparable to the Nvidia Shield .Stocking this back up in the play store makes no sense at this time.

  • ludist210

    I just wish ASUS would restock the remote. My voice search is shot thanks to a spilled drink on it.

    • Xzyl

      Members on XDA forum have found that the Shield TV’s Remote is compatible with the Nexus Player, including voice, if you are interested in a substitute. The only negative is that the volume for the headphone jack does not work. If you plan to use that feature you will need an inline volume control.