Google Suspends Nexus Q Release Indefinitely, Gives it Free

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
    They finally realized the xbox was cheaper and more powerful.
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  • bustapr
    NOOOO! WHY DIDNT I PREORDER IT WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE?!
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  • festerovic
    ^because its overpriced and you don't need it, thats why.

    DLNA server + Roku box or equivalent =
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  • bustapr
    NOOOO! WHY DIDNT I PREORDER IT WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE?!
    14
  • festerovic
    ^because its overpriced and you don't need it, thats why.

    DLNA server + Roku box or equivalent =
    11
  • hoofhearted
    Good way to find the most enthusiastic beta testers -- the ones that would otherwise be willing to pay.
    2