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Google said the reason for the delay was to make changes to the Nexus Q before delivering it to customers

Google has decided to delay the launch of its new Nexus Q media streaming device, which would normally seem like a bad deal for those who pre-ordered it -- except they're getting it for free. 
 
Google announced the spherical device last month at its annual I/O developer conference. The Nexus Q is a cloud-based social streaming media player that can stream Google Play Music, Google Play Movies/TV, and YouTube content to your tablet, smartphone, or TV.
 
After its announcement, the Nexus Q took a lot of heat for its $300 price tag and lack of features. The major gripes were that the Nexus Q can only play back from Android devices and it doesn't have its own user interface. 
 
Google said the reason for the delay was to make changes to the Nexus Q before delivering it to customers, and some suspect that those software issues will be the big changes. Google emailed the following message to those that pre-ordered the Nexus Q:
 
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
 
The two-pound device is equipped with a built-in 25W amp (it can be connected to an AV receiver or HDTV, though), a dual-core OMAP4460 ARM processor with SGX540 graphics, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system, an included 16GB of internal storage, Micro HDMI, TOSLink, 10/100 RJ45 and MicroUSB.
 

Source: The Verge



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Two questions...
By quiksilvr on 7/31/2012 8:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
1) Why no Jelly Bean?
2) Why no Google TV?

I find it very strange that a device made for the living room and launched along the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean would not have Jelly Bean.

Furthermore, I am also shocked that this is so woefully dependent on you having an Android device. Why can't I use a basic remote or a keyboard/trackpad to use it?

If it had that functionality, it would at least be semi-worth its $299 price tag.




RE: Two questions...
By BillyBatson on 7/31/2012 8:20:03 PM , Rating: 1
I agree on both your points..... What's the purpose of this device any way?!
I preordered a vizio co-star for $99. Having owned a 46" Sony Google TV and enjoyed the whole experience I think the new google tv 2 set top boxes are far more uselful than this nexus Q, cheaper price, and you can use an android or iOS app to control it as well..
Let's see if this Q finds a market because it's not looking too good.


RE: Two questions...
By icrf on 7/31/2012 8:51:27 PM , Rating: 1
The lack of ui and requiring Android to control it didn't bother me. Heck, I could even get over the price. What bothered me is that it only streamed from Google Cloud. I'd much prefer an internet radio option and something supporting upnp. If it had an API to add new sources, I would have pre-ordered. Great hardware was software limited, and there was no indication that more functionality was coming.


RE: Two questions...
By bug77 on 8/1/2012 7:36:30 AM , Rating: 2
What do you need from Jelly Bean? Smoother interface? Smarter notifications? Jeez...


connections
By Nortel on 7/31/2012 10:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
It has micro HDMI and USB connections on a device meant to connect directly to a TV and it even has tons of space to put a full size connector. Every single person will have to purchase an adapter..... for no reason.




RE: connections
By Belard on 7/31/2012 10:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
A micro HDMI to HDMI cable costs the same as a regular HDMI cable. USB micro cables are almost free or a few bucks. Nothing compare to the price of the whole unit. But it may come with cables for all we know.


Caption Fail
By The Raven on 8/1/2012 11:47:03 AM , Rating: 2
Where is the picture of John de Lancie???




RE: Caption Fail
By VoodooChicken on 8/1/2012 12:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
I think Desmond Llewelyn would be more appropriate.


What happens if you cancel....?
By Jedi2155 on 7/31/2012 10:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
Then do you get a free Nexus Q? Darn I should've pre-ordered a $300/Free paperweight. I'm not betting many others did.

Its certainly cool looking.




So basically...
By DV8_MKD on 8/1/2012 3:07:19 AM , Rating: 2
they want to get rid of the 'old' Q by dumping it to customers and then make a new one




Two Features
By mghotbi on 8/1/2012 2:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
Google needs to add 2 features to this to make it a killer device: 1) Rdio/Spotify/MOG/Pandora/Rhapsody/Internet Radio compatibility through various apps and 2)iOS compatibility or a dedicated controller. Then you have a Sonos competitor at a better price.




this could explain it
By hexxthalion on 8/1/2012 6:58:12 AM , Rating: 1
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