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Google announces $99 Nexus Player Android console

Amazon Fire rival launches in North America next month.

Google has announced its own $99 Android-powered console, the Nexus Player.

Similar to the $99 Amazon Fire TV, the micro-sized box will let you stream media and play games.

It boasts an Intel Atom 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 8GB storage, 1GB of RAM and a new Android TV operating system built for set-top boxes.

The console also comes with a remote that contains a microphone for voice controls.

You can also buy a separate Nexus Player GamePad, priced $39, which looks like a cross between an Xbox One pad and the DualShock 4.

Apps available will include Netflix, YouTube, Dailymotion, Crackle and Hulu Plus.

There's no word yet on a UK release for the console, but North American pre-orders will open tomorrow, 17th October, for a full launch on 3rd November.

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