Google delays Nexus Q launch to make improvements

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Aug 012012

Google Nexus QGoogle yesterday announced that it was indefinitely delaying the consumer launch of its Nexus Q media player. Google first announced it at Google I/O only weeks ago and now describes it as a “preview” device. It met with lukewarm reviews due primarily to its limited functionality and relatively high price.

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

Those who pre-ordered the device should be happy to know that Google intends to honour those orders for free. It remains to be seen if these devices will be upgradeable to the final version when it is released.

Google has stopped taking Nexus Q orders on Google Play and now lists the device as ‘coming soon.’ There is no indication at this point of a more specific availability date.

Read more: The Verge

Google I/O 2012: Google announces Nexus Q social streaming media player

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Jun 272012

Google Nexus QThe Google Nexus 7 tablet was not the only Nexus device unveiled today. Google also introduced Nexus Q, billed as “the world’s first social streaming media player.”

Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.

The Nexus Q streams content from Google’s services such as Google Play Movies and Google Play Music. You can also stream music that you uploaded to Google Play through Music Manager. As for the social aspect, the Nexus Q supports a guest mode that lets others connect to it to stream their own music, movies and videos. It can only be managed via Android devices.

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