Google suspends Nexus Q launch and shipment, offers free device to those who preordered

Google’s Nexus Q media streaming device, while perhaps not the highlight of the Google I/O conference, is still quite an interesting piece of hardware. It is a bit pricey at $300, but since my Nexus 7 doesn’t have HDMI out, I’ve been considering purchasing a Q to use as a media center for playing Netflix, music, and movies through my TV. However, it looks like I won’t be buying one for a little while longer at least, as the Nexus Q is currently unavailable though the Google Play Store, and the product page has been replaced with a “notify me” sign up page.

Google explained the disappearance in a letter sent to those who preordered the Q. According to the letter, Google has “heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.” To appease those who had preordered with a delivery time of a couple weeks, Google decided to “extend the Nexus Q preview to our pre-order customers and send you a free device.” The way the letter is worded suggests that the preview device is of the same batch handed out at Google I/O, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is really just the first shipment of original Qs.

While it is certainly quite cool that those who preordered the Q (which I now wish I had done) will be getting a free device, what is even more interesting is the fact that Google has already decided to take the Q back to the drawing board. I doubt we will see any hardware changes, but it is completely possible that the software will be overhauled to do more, and perhaps even make it a more full featured standalone set-top box. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Google tries to reduce the price, because a $300 up front cost is quite hard to swallow for a niche device like the Q. Whatever changes Google decides to make, we likely won’t see them until the Q is up for sale again. However, I’ll be watching and waiting for that day, because even if a price drop is the only change, I get the feeling that I’ll probably end up buying one.

[Android Police]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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