Nexus Q

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.

It was nearly a week ago that we first noticed that Google had limited new orders of the Nexus Q -- if you'd already ordered one, that was it.


Reader comments

Google postpones Nexus Q retail launch, will give pre-order customers a free sphere


Dollars to donuts the "additional features" are hardware-specific and they basically want to dump current inventory so they can start selling the real thing when it starts production. No other reason to just give away devices to customers who were perfectly willing to pay for them.

This makes sense though. The Nexus Q is cool, but a streaming device that requires you owning another device to make it work doesn't really make much sense. Hopefully they're building a native GUI and remote or something.

Seems like it was a test for Google to find out who the die hard Android fans are and then reward them with a free Nexus Q. Too bad I wasn't that die hard...

I am that die hard. Just not that rich. Besides you can get one on eBay for about $200. I've been bidding. Not anymore....

If they really want to win the hearts of everyone, they'll load GoogleTV software onto it and send the new software out as an OTA to those who already have one.

My first thought was, "Darn, missed out." Followed directly after I thought, "Meh, I wouldn't really have a use for it even if they gave it to me for free."

Unless they add *a lot* of functionality to it in short order, it will just be an outdated ball before it becomes useful.

At least Google has sense to listen to the feedback that this thing is pointless in its current configuration (cough - first AppleTV - cough.)


A great device....if they add a GUI and the ability to download streaming apps onto it. It's what Google TV should have been. With talk now of Apple TV soon opening up to Apps, Google has to move quickly.

Just received the email. Pretty cool. Free is my favorite price. Especially when it saves me 300 smackers!

Wish I pre-ordered now, Google, you should notify us in the future, to pre-order for a free device...Lol

Wow I'm speechless, don't hear many companies doing this. My guess, either they didn't have that many pre-orders or trying to get enough devices out there in hope it will bring more buyers. Smells fishy.

But congrats on the ones who preordered!!

*That sinking feeling when you go through your Play Store purchases and find you didn't actually purchase the Nexus Q like you thought you did.

(Seriously... I thought I did. I managed to order my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 (both of which I love) but somehow forgot to add the Q. I guess I got distracted looking for the right speakers to pair with it and my TV...)

But I mean I'd still pay for the thing. So... getting it free is amazing for those of you who are die hard/smart/lucky(/competent enough to complete an order) to grab one pre-order.

"We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today."

Someone once said, "if I ever get cancer, I want Pat Summerall to tell me," but I think I'd want it to be the person who wrote that sentence.

So you order a $300 device, then they give it to you for free. That's just a sweet deal. You think Apple would give you a $300 free? Not even if it was defective. Kudos to Google for this.

Knowing Google I'm sure there is a reason, whether its marketing or what, I'm sure there is a reason! They have to beat Apple's 1.3 million last quarter, so the more they give away the more they flood the market and slowly take it over like with the Android phones and Windows have done.

"Knowing Google I'm sure there is a reason, whether its marketing or what, I'm sure there is a reason!"

I won't go so far as to say the whole thing was planned, but this will make people MUCH more likely to pre-order new products in the future. It's a win-win. Even if they don't give anything away in the future, people will feel more comfortable pre-ordering products sight-unseen knowing that the device will either be great, or Google will make it so.

And we don't really know how many pre-orders of the Q there were. It's a cool little device, but the utility of it is a little dubious. I can't imagine there were a significant number of pre-orders, so Google probably isn't loosing much and what they're gaining in good PR is worth every penny.

And no, I didn't pre-order one... I was tempted but just couldn't spare the $300 at the time. Wish I had...

I'm so infuriated from this. All last week I was on the fence about ordering a GSIII or this NexusQ to go with my Nexus7 and I couldn't make up my mind so I ordered neither. WTH!! I coulda' had it for free! OMG! I've got to walk away now...

I'm proud of Google for pulling it back. They learned something from their tablet and Google TV launches: an unfinished product will be seen as unfinished forever. I'm all in favor of them taking time to round out the feature list.

My question is.... how do i update mine? Does it get pushed to the device without me knowing? will i see a slow trickle of features before public release of the Q?

If they can give the pre-order customers free Q's, then there doesn't seem to be a really good reason to charge so much once it comes to retail. They would sell more of them (and sell more content for it) if it was around $150. I know I'd buy one!

Finally, the right price! I'm glad they are "adding functionality" - make it the set top box killer it needs to be.

I never understood the point of the Nexus Q anyways.... Google TV is far better, and even that isn't that great.

Dang it, I was saving up the cash to get one of these, wish I would have had it to pre-order. Still, I am looking forward to what gets added.

its actually doesnt matter about the free pre order gifts
but just look how they treat customers unlike Apple..
when they released the iPHone 4 and they had the Wifi problem Apple gave each person a stupid case after the lawsuit and still didnt admit it was their problem..
but google saw the market understood the market and made the proper adjustments..
good for u Google :)

I just received an email that my Nexus Q has shipped. Checked UPS - spozed to be delivered tomorrow (Thu).