The Federal Communications Commission has given the green light to the newest Google player, called the Nexus Player. The new device is meant as a bigger, badder version of the Chromecast dongle and was in pre-order until delays at the FCC had Google putting that on hold.
Those pre-orders are open again and, as Endgaget reports, that’s thanks to the FCC approving the device for household use.
The Android-based “TV puck” is, as its nickname implies, a hockey-puck-shaped device that acts as a WiFi media hub which Google promised would become available on November 3rd. Although Google hasn’t officially said anything about the FCC approval, the re-opening of pre-orders indicates that they will be making that delivery date.
The regulatory filing was delayed for unknown reasons, likely having to do with the overall delays that the FCC has been experiencing for most of the year thanks to a larger than usual glut of action requested by various tech companies. New gadgets and improvements on existing ones are going at a record pace, though they aren’t all lauded as big, next-generation improvements, of course.
Made by ASUS, the Google Nexus Player is both a streaming video player and a game system rolled into one $99 package. It can play apps, programs, stream Netflix and Hulu, and a lot more. It has a remote that answers voice commands and basically does anything that any other Android device connected with Google Play can do, plus video.
Obviously, everyone will want one.