Nexus Q

June 29, 2012 20:01 by docbliny 

Nexus Q... Another Google IO giveaway. Problems so far:

  • Only getting 2 channel stereo for movies. Unacceptable.
  • Continuous buffering issues on a 30M cable connection. Unacceptable.
  • No basic remote. I need to unlock an Android device just to hit pause. Unacceptable.
  • Both my tablet and phone are now stating that my account isn't allowed to make changes. Unacceptable.
  • MAC address not printed on device or box. A pain to set up my firewall and WLAN since they limit access by MAC address.
 
On the other hand:
  • Design. Nice. Funky.
  • I can turn off the the LEDs. Excellent.
  • Integrated power supply. Yes, please.
  • HDMI connector. Thank you.
 
Overall, I'm here trying to watch a movie and... I don't have an option to download (to avoid the buffering issues), and it stops every few seconds to buffer. Sorry, but #fail.
 
Update: So I got bored waiting for the buffering and decided to check Google+ and watched a YouTube video. Now I can't continue watching the movie. All I get is a message stating "Playback stopped because you began playing this video on another device." #epicfail
 
Update 2: Did I mention the fact that I can't configure the Q anymore? Yes, I did. All I get is a message stating "Only the owner of this Nexus Q can modify its settings." As far as I know, I didn't rent it for 24h, it was given to me. Do I really need to pull up the Android SDK to reset the damn thing to get it working again, like I had to do with the Samsung Galaxy Tab?
 
Update 3: I ended up finishing the movie using Google Play / YouTube. But guess what? I paid for HD and YouTube only provided me with a 480 quality stream.
 
Update 4 (7/10/2012): Just got an email from Google that they've refunded my rental based on the issue I had. Plus one for Google. I stopped using the PlayStation Store for anything a long time ago when they declined to refund me for a movie that simply wouldn't play and they couldn't solve the issue.

Google IO Samsung Chromebox has Intel i5 inside

June 28, 2012 23:18 by docbliny 

Despite what all the tech blogs and even Samsung’s own site states, the Chromebox that was handed out today actually has an Intel Core i5 inside instead of the stated Intel® Celeron® Processor B840 running at 1.9 GHz.

This is what the system info reports:

Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz

(The sticker on the side was the giveaway.)


Google Asus Nexus 7

June 28, 2012 22:35 by docbliny 

I know I bashed Google after last year’s Android tablet release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and I still stand behind that. In fact, the situation got worse. I ended up having to use the Android developer kit to reset the device every few weeks after it got stuck in an infinite boot loop. This was made worse by the fact that I’d bought a case and keyboard dock for the tablet, and I effectively had a brick on my hands. Though, it must be said that the Google IO units were prerelease specimens with custom firmware for developers.

In any case, things look much brighter this year. The Asus-built Nexus 7 is a solid unit and Android 4.1 addresses my main concern, namely the smoothness of the user experience. I’ve only had a chance to play around with it for a day, but it’s night and day compared to other Android devices I’ve used in the past. I’d even go so far as to extend that to the Samsung Nexus Galaxy that was handed out, too (but I' haven’t been able to use it as a phone yet since I don’t have a micro SIM to mini SIM adapter).

Now if there was only a public SDK for the Nexus Q so I could add it to my home automation system…