Google revising Nexus Q with pre-orders getting original device free


July 31, 2012

Google has decided to delay the launch of its Nexus Q media streamer while it retools the device, with pre-orders getting the original model for free

Google has decided to delay the launch of its Nexus Q media streamer while it retools the device, with pre-orders getting the original model for free

When Google unveiled its Nexus Q streaming media player at this year’s Google I/O conference, it claims the device’s spherical form factor was met with positive reviews but that many felt the functionality of the device was lacking. Based on this feedback, Google has decided to postpone the Nexus Q’s launch indefinitely while it works to add to the device's functionality. But it’s not all bad news for the early adopters who pre-ordered the device, as they’ll be getting one of the original models for free.

The biggest criticism leveled at the Nexus Q was the limited range of content the device can actually stream – namely music and video from Google play and videos from YouTube. Compare this to more feature-rich and at the same time cheaper Android-based media streamers, such as the Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player and Vizio Co-Star, not to mention competing devices, such as Apple TV and Roku HD, and it perhaps isn’t surprising to see Google head back to the drawing board.

The company has sent out an email to anyone who has already pre-ordered the Nexus Q, saying that it has “decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it better.” Google will also be sending them the existing model Nexus Q at no cost. The company presumably already has enough in the pipeline to fill the number of pre-orders.

There’s no time-frame on when the updated model will be released, but we’d expect the current spherical form factor to remain and would be surprised not to see the device get some app support. It will also be interesting to see whether the revised model will sell for the same US$299 price slated for the original.

Source: cnet, Google

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1 Comment

Lame device. I can load up one of many Asian websites and order a sub $100 gizmo that's smaller and does far more than this Nexus Q-Ball.

Alternatively I can grab any old Socket 478 P4 system (which is ridiculously over-grunty for AV playback applications) with a PCIe slot andpop in a video card with outputs to match the TV being used as a monitor and have an even more versatile entertainment system for even less money. Even an old PC with an AGP slot will do, if you don't need HDMI.

AGP cards with HDMI were made but now they have insane prices like $600. For that kind of ka-ching one can buy a new quad or more core PC with a huge hard drive and at least 4 gig RAM.

My current HTPC is a 2.4Ghz Socket 478 P4 with a 300 gig drive, DVD burner and a low profile nVidia 5800 AGP card with DVI out. A conversion cable jacks it into the TV's HDMI and I use a very nice Altec Lansing surround sound speaker set.

The Nexus Q, Apple TV and similar products from the big name companies are laughed at (uproariously) by the nerd faction.

Gregg Eshelman
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