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Nexus Player faces FCC certification holdup, showing 'out of stock' on US Play Store

Well, that didn't last long. After going up for pre-order on the Play Store yesterday, the Nexus Player is now showing out of stock, although it may not just be just a case of the device being sold out. An update on the device's product page (opens in new tab) suggests that the Android TV box is not yet approved for sale in the US by the FCC.

This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until approval of the FCC has been obtained.

At this time, Google hasn't mentioned as to when it will receive the regulatory signoff necessary to sell the Nexus Player in the country, as the process is based on the FCC. We'll let you know as we hear more on the matter. The setback will not affect the launch of the device in other territories.

What are your thoughts on the delay of the Nexus Player?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

48 Comments
  • Who does Google need to pay off?
  • Lobbying dollars. Posted via Android Central App
  • I suppose Apple got priority for the new iPads...
  • What new iPads? =) Posted via Android Central App
  • Decided to try to order one of these tonight to replace the Apple TV that we have and was surprised to see it out of stock. Stuff like this doesn't look good and you would think by now Google would have all this figured out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Got my order in shortly after it went live. Hopefully they will get the certification through and this won't delay shipment. I've been waiting for this since Android TV was announced...and my Vizio Co-Star Google TV died two weeks ago. Posted via Android Central App
  • My Vizio costar died like 2 weeks outside of the warranty period and they refused to help me.
  • Look for the original receipt from your date of purchase. Then, find the credit card that you used to purchase it. Most credit cards have a benefit where they extend the warranty. And if it's an American Express card, you're REALLY in luck. Last week I put in a claim for my son's $100 Leappad 2, and our broken $250 Epson printer. Within 4 hours, I had a credit of $99.99 for the broken Leappad. A few days letter, I had a credit of $273.xx (tax) on the printer. Amex treats their customers like royalty, so I generally put my electronics on their card. But even Visa and Mastercard offer a version of this program, so look into it. You should be able to get a refund on your Vizio purchase, and then apply that money to whatever you want.
  • That's why there are terms and conditions.
  • Would you call it your Vizio Coaster?
  • Somehow Google always finds a way to stumble with hardware launches, it's almost comical. In the grand scheme it's not a big deal, but it does affect perception. Stock shortage seems to have been their biggest issue recently, but lacking FCC approval takes the cake. Haven't gotten any notifications about order delay yet, starting to regret paying a couple bucks more for two day shipping but whatever.
  • Still haven't forgot the Nexus 4 fiasco Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • Never forget Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Yes that still surprised me,major world known information company and no clue how to put products up for sale and be ready for almost anything..no excuse. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not almost comical, it's totally laughable. Apple not being certified in China is one thing: Google not being certified in the US is something entirely different. It's like children run the place. You're my BFF this week, unfriend the next.
  • This is why I wait for things to be in a store. I don't buy anything online. In my hands before you get my money. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow that's almost like the people who pay with check because they are scarred the store will he hacked. Posted via Android Central App
  • I ordered mine this morning, they wouldn't have put it up for sale then suddenly pull it 2 hours later because they just then realized it hasn't gone through the FCC. They ran out of stock in a couple of hours, like they always do because so many people were quick to swoop in and buy it. Jesus Christ people make a big deal out of nothing.
  • Ok, go find it on the FCC filings page! ;) Google wouldn't post an update saying it hasn't received FCC certification if it really had, and they are definitely not allowed to sell it until it gets the certification. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They also haven't emailed out people (me and others that bought before stock was depleted) letters stating that it would be shipping outside of the time frame of 3-4 weeks in November. It's all good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Even if that is the case, Google just lied to it's customers. I guess that's OK though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How did they lie? FCC filling went through few days ago, as expected.
  • Yeah, I think something like this is moderately outside of their control. They shouldn't have felt like they needed to start the pre-orders on the date they stated, as they could have just explained that they couldn't put up for pre-order/sale until after the FCC has approved the device. Although, *technically* speaking... pre-orders are just that: pre-orders. I cannot begin to count how many times I've pre-ordered tech toys, consoles, or video games only to be forced to wait up to 6-10 months beyond the date the developer/distributor had stated.
  • I smell a rat. Big cable and Satellite probably got hold of the FCC to hey them to hold off since they see how devices like Chromecast and Fire TV are gaining popularity. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wtf? WTF? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google really really needs to get it's sh!t together regarding online sales. They have to be the single worst large company I have ever seen in managing new device online sales. Every time there is some issue. For the love of God, GET IT TOGETHER GOOGLE! Posted via Android Central App
  • The funny thing is that based on what they do, logic would suggest they would do online sales the best. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's the god damn government, not Google !!! Government red tape , that's all it is Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App on the Moto X
  • Thanks Obama! No other company has to go through the BS to get their products FCC approved, only Google. Now my pre-order is ruined!
  • Go dig a hole somewhere
  • You are an ignorant twat Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am a fan of Google, but what I'm not is a Google apologist. And this just seems dumb that something like that gets overlooked. It makes for bad perception. The best thing they could do now is come right out admit they f***** up issue the apology and keep it moving. That would make this a non issue. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or if they do that comment on it, and it clears FCC next week. This is already a non issue. Just relax. If they don't release it on the 10th or whatever then complain. Have you bought the device yet? Or just complaining about something that doesn't even affect you? Just relax. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not concerned here. Have a shipping date of around the 10th. Was my tech bday gift to self. Replacing the Chromecast in the bedroom. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got an order in too yesterday. Email says ships in 3 to 4 weeks.
  • If we were truly a free country there would be no FCC to hold up the Nexus Player. Our federal government is such a joke. Posted via Android Central App on the Moto X
  • There's no negotiating with the fellas at the freakin FCC Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • Sometimes, certain regulations need to be in place to promote the concept of a free country. Case in point - it's illegal to murder someone because, well, that deprives someone of their rights. Freedom has limitations. If the FCC didn't exist to enforce standards and safety compliance, products like these would be allowed to output signal levels that can be harmful to people as well as interfere with other technology nearby. By having a process like this, we ensure that wi-fi compatible products run on the same agreed upon bands without spilling over into other frequencies and/or disrupting other wireless technologies (something Asus got slammed for last year). I'm sorry that you don't like the government. There are many aspects of the gov't that I don't agree with as well, but the FCC does serve a purpose. And no, they're not out to take away your freedom.
  • Stop making sense, you're ruining a perfectly good rant!
  • Well said. I find the anti-government crowd so comical. Is it perfect? By far. But it is needed. I wonder who would be the first to complain if areas such as food safety were left up to individual farmers, producers and companies. China has such a set up and they don't seem to have any problems. Oh, aside from products killing babies and animals. Hmmm...
  • I'm sure Verizon and AT&T would agree after they had bought 95% odd the US spectrum. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow you are daft. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One of two things happened here. They are legally obligated to put that message up there, even though they are guaranteed the get approval and have the device launch on time. Or, the day before the announcement they realized that they never filed the paperwork and someone is looking for a job. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wonder if third party BT controllers will work with it?
  • I'm curious about that too, and whether it still has HDMI CEC support. I passed on the controller for now but might bite later...
  • How does this different from Google Chromecast? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awkward. And, story not loading in the app for me (like the Note 4 review among others - also awkward )