Google reveals the Google Nexus Q: a $299 social media streamer powered by Android

Not content with tablets and smartphones, Google is taking its Nexus brand to speakers and TV screens with the Nexus Q.

Called the first “social streaming player,” the Nexus Q lets people play music, videos, and YouTube clips from the cloud.

People can collaboratively create social playlists, which they can tweak and edit on the fly from the Google Play app on Android phones and tablets.

Near-field communications, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth are all built in, along with 16GB of storage and 1GB RAM.  The device also functions as a 25-watt amp, so you can use it to power other speakers.

While Google will be talking a lot about Android Jellybean today, the Nexus Q won’t be running on the latest version of Android. Instead, the device will be powered by Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich.

Alongside the Nexus Q, Google also unveiled a pair of $399 Triad bookshelf speakers and two $49 speaker cables.

Below is a feature showcasing the Nexus Q’s features: