Though I wasn’t expecting big news for Google TV at the Google I/O developers conference this week, I didn’t think it’d be practically ignored.

Instead of talking about Google TV at its keynotes, Google surprised its audience with the Nexus Q, a curious little orb that streams music, TV shows and movies from Google Play, or videos from YouTube. Instead of using a clunky remote, the Nexus Q is controlled by Android phone or tablet. The device is designed by Google and made in the USA; it ships in July for $299.

I don’t think the Nexus Q will be a hit. It’s expensive for a streaming media player, and the fact that Google’s not offering a way for third-party music and video services to work with the Nexus Q limits its usefulness.

But Google’s enthusiasm for the project is infectious, and it made Google TV seem like an…

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