Looking to expand its presence in the living room, Google this morning announced a new living room device called Nexus Q, a spherical streaming media player that works in conjunction with phones and tablets running the Android operating system.

It’s priced at $299, and will be available in the U.S. to start. The device streams movies, music and television from the company’s Google Play service, controlled by Android devices.

On stage at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, the company demonstrated the ability for social media playback, with different Android users playing content through the same Nexus Q device when visiting a friend’s house, for example.

The move puts Google in more direct competition Google with Apple, Microsoft, Sony and other companies that offer standalone media devices in the living room.

Earlier in the keynote, Google announced plans to release an Android-based tablet, the Nexus 7.

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  • Michael

    Maybe it’s just me… this device doesn’t make any sense to me.

    • guest

      Google’s engineers didn’t want to pollute their vision by having it make sense to mere users.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rwoan Ronald S Woan

    How can they price this more than the Nexus 7? It would be awesome at $99. $149 tops considering the builtin amp which seems silly anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/puckyourself Joe McGrath

    Sweet, a more expensive Xbox 360 that has half the features. Make it white and put an apple on it and you have a hit.

  • an(ti)Droid

    I need a device that allows me to utilize my vast amount of free time to sit around and move tracks and videos up and down my queue with my friends (what am I 12-16?) I suppose I will position it right between my apple tv and my xbox 360. Or I will through it down the lane and see if I get a strike (out)…

    • an(ti)Droid

      or I could throw it…yeah that’s it…

  • guest

    This is DOA. Most expensive consumer media streamer on the planet (more than Roku, AppleTV, even an Xbox360!). Made in the USA ain’t going to make up for being on another planet in terms of price.

  • guest

    Google laid an egg. Nuff said.

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