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Google Nexus Player
Manufacturer Google (and Asus)
Released 2014-11-03 (US)
OS Android TV (based on Android 5.0 "Lollipop")
CPU Intel Atom Z3560 (Anniedale) 1.8GHz Quad-Core 64-bit x86 CPU
Storage 8 GB internal (eMMC)
Display 1080p
Graphics PowerVR Series 6 (G6430) Graphics
Connectivity HDMI with CEC support, Bluetooth 4.1, Micro-USB, WiFi 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO), DC-power (18 Watt)
Dimensions 120 × 120 × 20 mm (weighs 235 grams)
Nexus Player ports

Nexus Player is an x86-64 (64-bit Intel Atom CPU) based Android digital media player co-developed by Google and Asus. Running the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" operating system, this Nexus Player was the first device to employ Google's Android TV platform.

Installing Kodi

The Google Nexus Player uses the "x86" version of Kodi for Android.



Install Sideload Launcher (optional)

Because Google will currently not display side-loaded apps in its default "Leanback Launcher" you can use this "Sideload Launcher" app by Chainfire to more easily launch apps that have not been approved by Google or does otherwise not meet the declaration requirements needed for showing up on the default "Leanback Launcher" (on the Android TV homescreen) for Android TV.

  • 1. Install "Sideload Launcher" app by Chainfire from Google Play store
  • 2. Reboot your Nexus Player by unplugging (as it does not have a software reboot) or by entering adb reboot from command line / terminal.
  • 3. Start the "Sideload Launcher" app and use it to launch Kodi or other third-party apps that you have side-load installed.

Video guide

Known issues

Random notes

Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.

  • Not a issue for Kodi, but keep in mind that unlike almost all Android media players out there, the Nexus Player features a x86-64 (64-bit Intel Atom CPU) chipset instead of a ARM based SoC/CPU, and this means that some other Android apps and games that work on other Android media players may not work on the Nexus Player because of this reason.
  • CEC support not confirmed but assumed as it is suppose to be prerequisite for Android TV?
  • HDMI 1.4b video/audio output with HDCP 1.4. Resolution: 720p and 1080p up to 60fps?
  • Weight 235 gram
  • As noted in Install section, v5.0 build LRX21M and LRX21V don't seem to have ADB debugging options (i.e. for connecting to device over a network). Also, Sideload Launcher may not be needed as sideloaded Kodi (v14 beta 3) shows up under Apps on Nexus Player's main screen.
  • The hardware remote for the Nexus Player is rather limited in functionality. While it will work for the majority of navigation needs, it is recommended to install a full feature software remote app for your phone or tablet such as KORE - Kodi Remote or Yatse, the Kodi Remote found at the Google Play Store for Android. These software remotes will give access to the menus of Kodi, otherwise not available through the Nexus Player hardware remote.