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Nexus Player pre-order page removed by Amazon UK

It appears that the Nexus Player was briefly made available for pre-order in the UK by Amazon, although the online retailing giant has now removed the listing. Although Amazon gave away pricing details and a release date, there has been no word from Google on the availability of the Nexus Player outside the United States, Canada and Japan.

According to the Amazon listing, the Nexus Player will sell for £79.99 in the UK, and be released on 26 March.

Running a modified version of Google’s mobile OS, called Android TV, the Nexus Player is a digital media device that supports entertainment services such as music, games and movies.

The most likely explanation for the brief appearance of the Nexus Player on Amazon’s UK website is that the retailer is preparing to sell the set-top box, but was instructed to remove the listing by Google.

Google most likely want to make an official announcement about the Nexus Player in the UK, before it goes on sale. This would allow for details such as regional service availability to be highlighted.

Like many territories, the UK has a number of operations offering digital services – such as blinkbox and Sainsbury’s Movie & TV – that are not available internationally. And some of the digital services that are already supported by the Nexus player will not be available in the UK.

In addition to making an official announcement about the Nexus Player in the UK, ensuring availability in the recently-launched Google Store, alongside other retailers, is likely to be a priority.

Although it is possible to purchase the Nexus Player through Amazon at the time of writing, it is only available through third-party sellers, who are almost certainly providing an unofficially imported version of the device.

[via Lifehacker UK]