Nexus Q Delayed; Google Giving Free "Preview" Versions to Pre-Order Customers
July 31, 2012 7:30 PM
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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.
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.
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7/31/2012 10:47:06 PM
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.
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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