Google TV didn't make much of a splash, so much so that now Google has launched the Nexus Q instead, an Apple TV-like gadget that streams media from Google's Play entertainment store to your TV or speaker system.
The plastic orb can connect to your devices via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or NFC, then stream music and video from Google Play (i.e., things you've bought or stored there) as well as YouTube clips.
You can manage what plays through the Google Play app, and so can other users – all they need to do is hop on board the same Wi-Fi network to be able to affect the Nexus Q through the Google Play app on their Android phone.
Like Apple TV, it's basically a set-top box with online connectivity, and comes packing 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU. Though it's been launched alongside the Nexus 7 tablet packing the just-announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, the Nexus Q will run on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch.
The Google Nexus Q can be ordered from Google Play now for US$299, with UK pricing TBC.