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Google Suspends Nexus Q Release Indefinitely, Gives it Free

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Google wants to spend more time working on the Nexus Q's features.

Google's Nexus 7 was expected to appear at Google I/O, but the search giant surprised the tech industry with another Nexus device. Dubbed Nexus Q and designed to stream media from the cloud to your TV or sound system, Google called this device the world's first social streaming media player. The Nexus Q was made in America, priced at $299 and set for availability in July. However, it seems the Google has run into some issues with the Nexus Q, as the company has delayed the media player indefinitely.

In an email sent to pre-order customers, Google revealed that it is delaying the Nexus Q 'to make it even better' and would be sending free prototypes to those that had pre-ordered. Check out the full message (via The Verge) below:

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

Google hasn't offered up another time frame for release or detailed the changes it plans to make to the Nexus Q. Though it's unlikely Google will axe the device completely, this move doesn't fill us with confidence for the Nexus Q either.

Powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with SGX540 graphics, the Nexus Q packs 1GB LPDDR RAM, 16GB NAND flash memory, Bluetooth, NFC, and ethernet connectivity. It features a 25W amplifier as well as banana jack speaker outputs, Micro HDMI and Micro USB. The whole thing weighs in at 2lbs and measures 4.6 inches in diameter.

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    dalethepcman , August 1, 2012 7:15 PM
    They finally realized the xbox was cheaper and more powerful.
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    bustapr , August 1, 2012 6:25 PM
    NOOOO! WHY DIDNT I PREORDER IT WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE?!
  • 11 Hide
    festerovic , August 1, 2012 6:39 PM
    ^because its overpriced and you don't need it, thats why.

    DLNA server + Roku box or equivalent =
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  • 14 Hide
    bustapr , August 1, 2012 6:25 PM
    NOOOO! WHY DIDNT I PREORDER IT WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE?!
  • 11 Hide
    festerovic , August 1, 2012 6:39 PM
    ^because its overpriced and you don't need it, thats why.

    DLNA server + Roku box or equivalent =
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    hoofhearted , August 1, 2012 6:41 PM
    Good way to find the most enthusiastic beta testers -- the ones that would otherwise be willing to pay.
  • 15 Hide
    dalethepcman , August 1, 2012 7:15 PM
    They finally realized the xbox was cheaper and more powerful.
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    DRosencraft , August 1, 2012 7:35 PM
    jacekringYea was just going to say my x360 does the same exact things, and also plays games and DVD movies. I can stream AVI's and MP3 from my desktop to the 360, Pictures, etc. Use Netflix on my 360. I can do 1,000,000 more things on my 360 then the Nexus Q does and I don't know what a 360 costs nowadays but I believe it is less then the $299 they want for the Nexus.


    Don't get me wrong, I like my 360 just fine. But for anyone who doesn't have an Xbox and wants a device like the Nexus Q, I wouldn't recommend a 360. Paying for Xbox Live past one year alone blows your savings, and even then you would be better of with a small HTPC.
  • 5 Hide
    xanagu , August 1, 2012 7:59 PM
    GANTZ
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    rebel1280 , August 1, 2012 8:27 PM
    xanaguGANTZ

    nice :D 
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    whiteodian , August 1, 2012 9:02 PM
    DRosencraftDon't get me wrong, I like my 360 just fine. But for anyone who doesn't have an Xbox and wants a device like the Nexus Q, I wouldn't recommend a 360. Paying for Xbox Live past one year alone blows your savings, and even then you would be better of with a small HTPC.

    How about the PS3 then? Free online service and Blu-Ray player :D 
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    DRosencraft , August 1, 2012 11:46 PM
    whiteodianHow about the PS3 then? Free online service and Blu-Ray player


    Yeah, that is better even with the bit extra cost. And you get a nice gaming platform to boot.
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    belardo , August 2, 2012 5:38 AM
    What little bit of extra costs? The xbox with HD is as much as the PS3.

    360-250GB HD = $300
    PS3-320GB HD = $300 (Includes COD:MW3 or Uncharted 3)
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    craig_1000 , August 2, 2012 8:41 AM
    LOL no one that has commented so far noticed the built in amplifier, to my knowledge neither the XBOX or the playstation or Ruko or HTPC has this feature...not that I am a fan of the google device.
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    Djhg2000 , August 2, 2012 1:33 PM
    Oh so you can officially run your own code on 360s and PS3s now?