Google discontinued the Nexus Player selling. 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 product’s information page remains, at least for now. “Nexus Player is still available on some retail sites,” a spokesperson told.
The Nexus Player wasn’t a particularly powerful or memorable set-top box; it was really just a way to get Android TV out the door. And just like Amazon’s Fire TV devices (and later the new Apple TV), it demonstrated the convenience of powerful voice search when browsing for movies and TV shows to watch. But if you read over Google’s statement, no one’s claiming that the Nexus Player racked up big sales numbers. So long, Nexus Player. I guess the only remaining question is how long a Nexus set-top box will continue getting future software updates.
In late 2014, the Nexus Player was the first set-top box to run Android TV, but was by no means Google’s first try at becoming the center of your living room. It followed up on the complete dud known as Google TV, but also the surprise breakout hit that was Chromecast. Android TV isn’t going anywhere, to be clear; it’s the operating system that comes preloaded on 2016 televisions from Sony and Sharp, and you can still buy Nvidia’s Shield to get it running on an existing TV — in 4K, even.