Google has postponed the consumer launch of the Nexus Q to add additional functionality. To make up for it, Google will give those who pre-ordered a Nexus Q a free device.
Here's the e-mail that just went out:
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 Nexus Q, for those of you who don't have one -- which is most everyone -- is a small sphere that connects to your Google account and streams music, Youtube and movies and TV shows to a television and stereo set or bookshelf speakers. And that's all it does, though it certainly does so stylishly. The device is hackable, and folks have already gotten CyanogenMod and Android apps running from it, and XBMC has plans as well.
Since the release of the Nexus 7 there hasn't been all that many official accessories made available for it and those that have appeared, disappeared just as fast. There is clearly more on the way though as shown off in some leaked documents from Nordic Hardware.
As you may have noticed, there is pogo pins on the side of the Nexus 7. They were always assumed to accommodate a dock and with the leak we're now getting a look at said dock that has a microUSB charging port, a 3.5MM line out jack and is “perfectly-angled for better movie and photo viewing, browsing, and email.” When can you get one? August 24th if the info is accurate for $50.
If you're not really feeling the current case offerings for the Nexus 7, no matter. There is apparently more on the way. A premium leather version of the official Nexus 7 cover is shown to be arriving August 31st for $39.99 in 4 different colors. That's all in addition to more color offerings for the original grey cover. If you want to see more, look below but of course given they are leaked documents, we'll have to wait and see what shows up when.
Cloud gaming service provider OnLive has just announced that they will plug into the upcoming Ouya Android gaming console. This means OnLive customers will be able to access traditional console games through Ouya, as well as a vast library of free, TV-optimized Android titles. Of course, Ouya's set-up stipulates that every developer has to offer something for free, so OnLive will give 30 minutes of play time for each game for free, and if players like it, they can pay up and buy the game directly or sign up for their subscription.
Ouya quickly met its Kickstarter funding goal after their launch announcement earlier this month, and promises to do great things for Android gamers looking for a more in-depth experience. Usually we hear about OnLive as a way of accessing AAA games on Android phones and tablets, but they also have their own dedicated set-top box that could have just as easily been a competitor to Ouya as a partner. Luckily, OnLive is more interested in being available on as many screens as possible, and partners up regularly - including Vizio, for their apparently popular Co-Star Google TV box.
Ouya is still going through funding on Kickstarter if you're interested in preordering one of the consoles. Any OnLive subscribers in the house care to comment on the service? Would OnLive support get you to pick up an Ouya, or would you be willing to give OnLive a shot if you were getting an Ouya anyway?
Now is the best time to pick up some accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Whether it's a car mount, screen protectors, desktop cradle or a spare battery -- Accessorizing your Galaxy S3 lets you take full advantage of what this phone has to offer.
We recently ran an accessories poll and discovered three-fourths of owners are buying a Galaxy S3 case. It further proves what I already had a good hunch on - that most phone owners these days want to protect their investment. As for what kind of cases are most popular, the top vote went to hard cases, followed by skin cases.
Beyond cases, there are a lot of other accessories out there that help you get more out of your phone. For any phone I own, I always pick up a car mount and desktop cradle, which makes using the phone better in the car and office. I'm curious to find out what kind of other accessories Galaxy S3 owners are interested in the most. And as a reward for letting us know, we're going to hook a lucky S3 owner up with their wish list for free. Jump over to ShopAndroid.com and pick out the Galaxy S3 accessories you want for your phone. Then leave a comment here with your top three picks and one lucky person will have the chance to win them! Check past the break for more info on accessories for the Galaxy S3.
The official cover for the Google Nexus 7 is an elusive beast. As soon as they became available for order, they sold out, and chances are nobody you know got one. The lucky folks that did get their hands on one seem to be enjoying it, and don't have to worry about the back of their new precious getting all scuffed up or the glass getting scratched in a backpack or bag. The good news is that they are available once again, and you can grab one from Google Play for $20 and $10 shipping. We've no idea how long they will last this time, so you might want to jump on one now that you have the chance.
We just ordered a couple of them, and we'll be sure to give them a good look when they arrive.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 (S III) is the official phone of the Olympic Games, so it stands to reason that that device would get some love as the 30th Olympiad gets underway. Samsung's a big sponsor of the games in London, and so with the festivities about to commence in the UK's capital, the manufacturer is launching an exclusive Olympic accessory in the host city.
Today sees the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Special Edition Olympic Games Flip Cover, which allows you to protect the front of your S3 with a soft cover, while adorning the back with London landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Gherkin. The Olympic flip cover will be made available at "Samsung PIN" pop-up stores around London, including at shopping centers and near Olympic venues.
Google's "social media streamer," the Nexus Q, looked to be approaching launch just a few days ago, with its Google Play Store listing being updated to "in stock", and apparently shipping in 3-5 days. Well, either the initial stock has entirely sold out, or a snag has been hit somewhere alone the way, as the Q has returned to its previous status of "ships soon," with the glowing multimedia orbs apparently expected to be ready to go in 2-3 weeks.
We ordered a few Nexus Q's to give away right as the device was announced, and none of our orders have shipped so far. If you've placed a Nexus Q order, let us know whether yours has been dispatched down in the comments.
With so many different Samsung Galaxy S3 cases on the market, choosing the perfect one is paramount for protecting your device as well as complimenting your own unique style.
The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is still fresh from its launch just earlier this month and we're curious how you plan to protect your new investment. Does a basic skin case suit your daily needs or do you require something with a little more beef to it, say, a hard case? Let us know in the poll below then check past the break for some more insight on picking up the right case for your Samsung Galaxy S3.
The Qmadix Xpression Cover gives you a way to protect your Galaxy S3 from damage as well as a way to make it more personalized and unique.
The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is both a beautiful phone and a phone that feels a bit vulnerable to damage if dropped. The challenge with the Galaxy S3 is to find the right combination of protection without adding too much bulk and inhibiting the style of the device.
When most people get a smartphone with the capabilities and beautiful screen of the Galaxy S3, they tend to use it…a lot. Even though the Galaxy S3 comes with a rather large 2100mAh battery, the size of the screen and the use of LTE can still drain the device before the day is done.
TPU – thermoplastic polyurethane – might just be the most durable material for a phone case.
Your new Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced phones you can buy. TPU is a sophisticated material known for resisting abrasion, great low temperature performance, good transparency and elasticity and resistant to fingerprints.
If you love the feel of the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) in your hand and are really only worried about the screen, Samsung’s Flip case might be perfect for you.
Most of the cases we see are designed to protect the back and sides of the Galaxy S3 in plastic, TPU, rubber or some material that cushions against impact. Samsung has taken a very unique position here by designing a case that really isn’t a case at all – it is more of a “cover” attached to a replacement for the back panel of the phone.
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