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Google Delays Nexus Q Launch, Pre-Orders Get It Free 69

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from the now-you-wish-you-ordered-one dept.
MBCook writes "After a mixed reaction from the press, Google will be delaying the launch of the Nexus Q. People who pre-ordered will receive the current version of the device for free. '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.'"
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Google Delays Nexus Q Launch, Pre-Orders Get It Free

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  • preorder (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @06:43PM (#40835629)

    is it too late to preorder?

  • Between the lines (Score:2, Interesting)

    by wbr1 (2538558)

    In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.

    "In response to learning of possible patent litigation from Apple, et. al., we have decided to delay the launch of the Nexus Q while we cover our asses and try to remove the infringing bits."

    There, I fixed that for you.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Patent law sure promotes the Progress of Science and useful Arts, doesn't it!

      • The entire smartphone field has exploded over the past 6 years, so yeah, it does promote progress - unless you look at the past decade with a very blinkered view and skew it to fit your own conclusions...

    • by Tr3vin (1220548)
      More than likely it is to add some GoogleTV functionality. It is pretty limited as it is. Merging the bits that it currently has into GoogleTV would make a lot of sense. It is a fully functional android device already, so this shouldn't be too difficult.
      • If they were to package it with a wireless game controller then it would be a be a viable game system as well
        • by MrDoh! (71235)
          That's it I'm sure. With the ouya gaming box thingy, then this really should have been a gaming box too. Nexus (G)amer.
    • by MBCook (132727) <foobarsoft@foobarsoft.com> on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @07:01PM (#40835813) Homepage

      Where has Apple said anything about the Nexus Q?

      This is a smart move on Google's part. The device was very strange.

      • While the hardware was better, it was $300. An Apple TV is $100 and you can get a Roku for $50-$60.
      • It had no remote, you had to own an Android phone. The Apple TV's remote isn't very good, but at least it exists.
      • The stereo amplifier was an odd decision. Peopler either already have an amp, or they don't have speakers. What's the point of having an amp that connects to my TV to play video if I can't direct the TV's sound through the amp?
      • Google doesn't have much content right now. They can show other people's content (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix), but a Roku does that at 1/5th the price.
      • It would be possible to play games on it... but it has no remote/controller. I guess you could buy a bluetooth one.

      They could make a pretty interesting device out of it. AirPlay is a fantastic feature, I'd love to see Google come up with features like that to extend your Android device. But as announced, it seemed like final hardware designed for a vision that was still in the alpha stage, with no real software ("Let's just stick Android on it!"). I think it says a lot that since that was announced the Ouya was announced at $100, can do most everything the Q can, costs 1/3rd as much, and has had a ton of interest. Google missed the mark, and they're smart to fix it instead of launching it to die in the market.

      • Thanks for that Ouya reference. The first I've heard of it and now I think I need to contribute $99 to get a hold of one. Q is overpriced. Google TV was way overpriced. Maybe Google thinks it's name holds as much cache as Sony used too?
      • It had no remote, you had to own an Android phone

        To be fair, you wouldn't have had to use an Android phone; you'd have to use an Android device. Think cheapest commodity hardware, running free software. Right now that's under $100 and before too long it will be under $40. "Remotes" are on the cusp of obsolescence, to be replaced by "smartremotes."

        But yeah, $300 was way too much for a neato "smartamp" and the weird Google services lock-in made it not really even good for that kind of job.

        • by n7ytd (230708)

          It had no remote, you had to own an Android phone

          To be fair, you wouldn't have had to use an Android phone; you'd have to use an Android device. Think cheapest commodity hardware, running free software. Right now that's under $100 and before too long it will be under $40. "Remotes" are on the cusp of obsolescence, to be replaced by "smartremotes."

          But yeah, $300 was way too much for a neato "smartamp" and the weird Google services lock-in made it not really even good for that kind of job.

          Not just any Android device, you have to have something running Jellybean, which means exactly one device, so far.

      • And the best part? They're GIVING the device away for FREE to people who pre-ordered. That might just make me a bit more inclined to pre-order from Google in the future. This is a great advertisement for making an early commitment to any Google device. Inherent in any pre-order is some risk. They've just done a pretty good job of making that risk look smaller to future early adopters.

      • by n7ytd (230708)

        The stereo amplifier was an odd decision. Peopler either already have an amp, or they don't have speakers. What's the point of having an amp that connects to my TV to play video if I can't direct the TV's sound through the amp?

        A very odd decision, especially at the 25W power level. 25W is slightly better than the built-in speakers on the TV, but completely inadequate for audiophiles who would care about having separate speakers from their TV.

    • by wbr1 (2538558)
      Chillout people, perhaps should have added /sarcasm to my post.
      /.'s understanding of humor keeps decreasing. I blame CmdrTaco.
    • Re:Between the lines (Score:5, Informative)

      by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @07:53PM (#40836245)

      "In response to learning of possible patent litigation from Apple, et. al., we have decided to delay the launch of the Nexus Q while we cover our asses and try to remove the infringing bits."

      Wouldn't the Q first have to be able to - oh, I don't know - actually do something USEFUL before it could infringe on anything?

      As it is, I imagine the folks at Apple, Roku, Boxee, et. al were too busy laughing after the Q's announcement to think about suing anyone.

    • by itsdapead (734413)

      "In response to learning of possible patent litigation from Apple, et. al., we have decided to delay the launch of the Nexus Q while we cover our asses and try to remove the infringing bits."

      Whu? Have Apple finally been granted a patent on "selling a product for 3x the cost of competing products"?

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @07:38PM (#40836137)

    ... for realizing the Q was a big old ball of fail.

    Seriously, what were they smoking that led them to think the $300 Q was going to receive any real-world reception other than general laughter?

  • ...that makes it worth $300 anyway? No screen, only 16Gb storage ... it doesn't seem like an overly complicated device.

    • I agree (Score:5, Funny)

      by Overzeetop (214511) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @08:11PM (#40836409) Journal

      No wifi, less space than a Nomad....lame.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      ...that makes it worth $300 anyway? No screen, only 16Gb storage ... it doesn't seem like an overly complicated device.

      It was probably a bunch of people pulling it in various ways treating it as a pet project without realizing the practicalities of it.

      First - it only pulls from the internet. You queue up stuff on your Android device to it, but the content must exist "in the cloud". E.g., YouTube, Google Music, etc. You could not stream video from your personal device to it, or from your home content server.

    • by tomofumi (831434)
      Because it is made in USA...that added up the cost...
      • by tlhIngan (30335)

        Because it is made in USA...that added up the cost...

        Partially.

        It was made in the USA, from a manufacturing design for China. If you take a design to manufacture something in China and move it ot the USA, it's going to cost way to omuch. Instead, you have to iterate and optimize the design for domestic manufacture - understanding what the robots can do and ensuring your assembly and build process will work within those limitations so you employ as few human hands as possible (it's a dull, boring job that fa

  • by jforr (15487) on Tuesday July 31, 2012 @08:02PM (#40836333)

    the Nexus Qcat?

  • They need to buy out the people behind the Ouya system and incorporate that and make it $100. All Ouya has is money anyways. Roku is close to offering this already, now that they offer games. Google needs to control this out of the gate instead of diving in late in the game like they usually do. Android-powered, web-connected TV interface that supports gaming. KIS,S
  • Microsoft should do the same with Windows 8. :)
  • Who cares about the Nexus Q, I want a Nexus 6.

    • by itsdapead (734413)

      Who cares about the Nexus Q, I want a Nexus 6.

      The Nexus 6 would be great if it wasn't for the ridiculous built-in obsolescence. A few years and then all the content you've collected vanishes, like tears in rain.

  • If Google really wants a win in the TV streaming arena, they need to make the Q stream Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. None of the current offerings out there can do it. You need a different one for each service which is idiotic and based in marketing politics.

    If Google ends up with "just another box" streaming MP3s, youtube, and Google TV it's just fail waiting for the fail boat on fail island. People will use their phone or tablet for that before plunking down $300 bills.

  • " postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.'"
    should be
    " postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q to fix critical bugs"

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