Nexus Q launch delayed, more functionality on the way

July 31, 2012
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    Only a few days ago, we mentioned that the Google Nexus Q, the “first social media streaming player,” was up for grabs from the Google Play Store. If you weren’t sure if this surprising addition to the Nexus lineup would work, especially considering its hefty $299 price tag, you should know the device sold out in less than a day after being available, with new orders getting a 2-3 weeks shipping estimate. Unfortunately, if you were hoping to get your hands on the device, there’s more bad news.

    It looks like it’s back to the drawing board as far as the Nexus Q is concerned, with Google delaying the launch until further notice. In an e-mail sent to anyone who pre-ordered the device, Google mentioned that they are going to postpone the launch of the Nexus Q due to disappointing feedback from existing consumers related to the overall functionality of the device. You can read the entire e-mail here:

    “We have an important update about your Nexus Q pre-order.

    When we announced Nexus Q at Google I/O, we gave away devices to attendees for an early preview. The industrial design and hardware were met with great enthusiasm. We also 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 thank you for your early interest, we’d like to extend the Nexus Q preview to our pre-order customers and send you a free device. If you had other items in your order, your credit card will be charged for those items only.

    Your Nexus Q will be on its way soon and you will receive a notification and tracking number from Google Play when it ships.

    The Nexus Q Team”

    As you can see, it’s not all bad news, as whoever did pre-order the Nexus Q will be receiving a “preview” device for free, which is the same device that was handed out to Google I/O attendees. If you were hoping to score a last pre-order to receive the device for free, you should know the Nexus Q and all its accessories have been taken down from the Google Play Store.

    Now we’ll just have to wait for Google to announce the launch of the “new and improved” Nexus Q, which should be very soon.

    What are your thoughts? What additional functionality do you think Google is going to add? Will this affect the price tag in any way? Were you one of the “lucky” ones who pre-ordered the Nexus Q? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Comments

    • http://twitter.com/StuartKentNZ Stuart Kent

      Should have made a preorder!

    • http://twitter.com/TwoBodyProblem Aaron Potter

      It’s hard for me to understand what Google was trying to do with such a limited product at this price point. It seems like all of Google hardware teams are not on the same page. Nexus 7 is a wow, GoogleTV is a meh and Nexus Q is a WTF.

    • http://about.me/samirsshah Samir Shah

      Nexus Q needed more functionality.

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