While the Nexus Player is accredited with being the first consumer-ready hardware product running Android TV, it was not the first device released for the platform. That title has always belonged to the ADT-1. A device which was primarily made available to developers as part of the initial Android TV launch at Google I/O in 2014. Back in the day, it was understood the original plan was for the ADT-1 to be released as the first device available to consumers although by September of 2014, this seemed to no longer be the case. Fast-forward a few more weeks to October 15, 2014, and along with announcing the Motorola Nexus 6 and the HTC Nexus 9, Google unveiled its first proper Android TV solution, the Nexus Player. A collaborative effort along with ASUS and Intel.
At first, many wondered where the Nexus Player would find its place in the market and especially considering the company already had its high-flying Chromecast dongle on sale. This was even more relevant as the Chromecast was significantly more affordable compared to the Nexus Player – announced along with a $99 price tag attached. However, the Nexus Player did prove to be a popular alternative as in spite of its higher price and its seemingly vacant design, it was a more robust and TV-dedicated unit. Owners no longer had to wait for apps to gain Chromecast support or even worry about having their smartphone nearby with the Nexus Player offering its own app-based solution, stationary positioning, and dedicated remote control.
With the Nexus Player being the first device to be commercially released running Android TV, it was always destined to be limited in how well it could compete with third-party options that followed. Over the next few years competing options were released by the likes of NVIDIA, Razer, and Xiaomi. As well as a number of operator-level boxes. By far, the NVIDIA SHIELD (2015 and 2017) has proven to be the most powerful of these boxes although all of them were technically more advanced when compared to the Nexus Player; sporting the latest connection technologies, faster and greater computing power, and in some cases, higher resolution support.
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