Google's Nexus Q Could Ship This Week

Google's Nexus Q streaming device could be shipped to customers as early as this week.

The new Apple TV competitor showed up in the Google Play store as being officially in stock yesterday and says that it will ship in 3-5 business days to U.S. customers. That means the earliest someone can receive a Nexus Q from Google will be this Friday.

The Nexus Q debuted at this year's Google I/O event where Android 4.1, JellyBean and the Google Nexus 7 tablet also were introduced to the general public.

The device is made in the United States and acts as a bridge for Android devices by streaming Google Play Music, Google Play Movies, TV and YouTube to any home entertainment system.

Anyone with an Android-powered device can control what is being played through the Nexus Q.

The device is 4.6-inches in diameter and weighs about two pounds. It features a rotating top dome volume control with a capacitive touch sensor. Specifications on the device include a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, SG540 graphics core, 1GB LPDDR RAM, and 16GB NAND flash memory.

The Nexus Q currently runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and has slots for Micro HDMI, TOSLink Optical audio, 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, Micro AB USB, and Banana jack speaker outputs. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC (near-field communications) capabilities.

The device was available for pre-order shortly after its unveiling and retails at $299.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet began shipping earlier this month and has already sold out at various retailers quickly, becoming the hottest device of the summer.

Android 4.1, JellyBean comes pre-installed on the tablet and is also rolling out for other Android devices such as the Nexus S, Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.