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As expected, the Google Nexus Player is now available in the UK. Google's set-top box went on sale yesterday at Argos, John Lewis, Currys/PC World and Amazon, among others. It's also available from the Google Play Store.

The set-top box is Google's take on Apple TV. So how does it differ from Chromecast, Google's streaming device that's the size of a USB stick? First off, it looks like a UFO. It also streams 1080p video at up to 60fps, which means better quality. It has better Wi-Fi connectivity, which should mean slicker streaming with fewer interruptions. And it runs Android TV, Google's latest platform for your TV, following the flop of Google TV a couple of years ago.

It supports services like BBC iPlayer, Netflix and Now TV, and you can beam what's on your phone through it to the big screen.

Inside is a 1.8GHz processor that's fast enough to handle HD video and the latest games. The dedicated gaming controller is an extra £34.99. The standard remote should be fine for watching TV, and offers voice control, so you can search what's on or the internet just by speaking.

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