|Google Nexus Player|
The hockey puck-shaped device, manufactured by Asus, has been unavailable from major third-party retailers like Best Buy for months. And after a brief Google Store restock in early April (probably to get rid of the last units), Google has now pulled the Nexus Player's store listing entirely.The Nexus Player was the set-top box to the Chromecast stick. Google is now going all-in on the Chromecast technology.
(E)lectronics manufacturers like Vizio have chosen Google Cast (the underlying platform that makes Chromecast work) instead of Android TV. It's a decision that gives their products a more simplistic interface while retaining the ability to stream content from popular apps. Android TV is a much fuller offering — not unlike a Roku — with built-in apps, voice search, and even access to the Google Play Store for more software options.We have updated the Website to remove information about the Nexus Player.
A lot of people used the Nexus Player, but so many more use the Chromecast. The different technologies involved between the two devices hurt, I'm sure. In the long run, this may be the best decision for Google. Of course, Google thinks so, or the company wouldn't have made the decision.
If you have a Nexus Player, continue to enjoy it. There's no reason to make a change. If you were thinking about getting one, we're suggesting that you don't. You may find some discontinued at a good price, but investing in current devices is often a better decision.