Well, we finally had a chance to test out one of these Google Nexus Player devices. It was difficult to get it to work initially, but once we figured out the right tricks it seemed to work modestly well given the circumstances. It is far from being the ideal Kodi device, but if you already own one you might as well take advantage of all it has to offer.
Short Review: We had been very optimistic about this device, however in the end were truly let down. Google has made it quite difficult to sideload applications to this device, ADB Debugging is not available, and luck getting a USB Thumb Drive with a MicroUSB adapter failed to work on the device. It left only one possible installation option: installing SPMC directly from the Google Play store, at which point there was no choice but to disable MediaCodec hardware acceleration, lest Kodi would crash each time you’d attempt to play a video. Disabling this codec disrupts the ability to play certain live stream feeds.
HOW-TO INSTALL KODI TO THE GOOGLE NEXUS PLAYER
Step 1: Plug the new Google Nexus Player into your television set and follow the on-screen setup instructions.
Step 2: Launch the “Google play Store” menu from under the “Apps” heading on the Google Nexus Player device for the first time, agree to the terms, then return to the main menu.
Step 3: From the web browser on your computer, visit the Google Play store web site.
Step 4: Click on the “Sign in” button at the top right of the web page, then proceed to login to the same Google account that was used to activate your Google Nexus Player device.
Step 5: Search for the “SPMC” application page within the Google Play store web site.
Step 6: Click on the “Install” button on the SPMC app page.
Step 7: Under the “Choose a device” field select the “No carrier Asus Nexus Player” option.
Step 8: Click on the “Install” button at the bottom right of the device selected, then agree to any confirmation prompts.
Step 9: You’ll now have to wait up to ten minutes for the application to install, be light on the device while you’re waiting.
Step 10: Launch the “SPMC” application from the far right of the “Apps” menu, wait a minute for it to load for the first time.
Step 11: Navigate to the “Settings” tab under the “SYSTEM” menu heading.
Step 12: Select the “Video” tab from the left side menu bar.
Step 13: At the bottom of the left side menu, change the “Settings level” to the “Advanced” settings option.
Step 14: Choose the “Acceleration” tab from the left side menu bar.
Step 15: Uncheck (disable) the “Allow hardware acceleration (MediaCodec)” option, simply by clicking it once.
Step 16: Return to the main menu, at this point you’ll probably want to configure your device with our Config Wizard or Addon Installer tools.