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Apple might have a new version of its Apple TV set-top box in the works, but Google isn't to be outdone. Its Nexus Player will hit the UK this Thursday – it was put up for pre-order on Amazon for £79.99, but has since been yanked. Which hints someone may have been a bit eager at putting it up

You can buy the device from third-party sellers, however. But it still hasn't had an official release outside of the US. The device was announced back in October.

It also isn't available on Google's UK hardware store yet. Keep them peeled for Thursday.

The Nexus Player is Google's set-top box. It's made by Asus, and can access the Google Play Store, so you can stream music, movies and TV shows. You can also beam whatever's on your phone to it, so you can enjoy all your locally-stored content on the big screen.

It has voice control, and can play games. You can buy a separate games controller, to give yourself the upper hand.

Inside, there's a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Imagination PowerVR Series 6 chip with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Resolution-wise, it can handle 1080p Full HD at 60Hz. On the connection front, we're looking at an HDMI out, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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