Google postpones Nexus Q launch, pre-order customers get free device

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: July 31, 2012

Google Nexus Q

Just a week after the Nexus Q was given "In Stock" status on the Google Play store, Google has revealed that it is postponing the consumer launch of the streaming orb. In an email that just went out to pre-order customers, Google explains that it's pushing back the retail debut of the Nexus Q in order to "work on making it even better." In order to show its appreciation for those that already plunked down $299 for a Q, Google says that it's sending all of the pre-order customers a free "preview" unit. Google's email to those customers is available below.

Introduced at Google I/O in June, the Nexus Q is a device that can be hooked up to speakers or a television and stream a user's Google Play content. That wasn't enough functionality for some, though, as Google explains that initial users of the Q would like it "to do even more than it does today." Exactly how Google plans on improving the product, and when it plans to reschedule a launch, isn't known. I'm sure that folks that already pre-ordered the Nexus Q are pretty happy to be getting a free unit, though, especially since there's already some users have already begun tinkering with it. Did any of you pre-order a Nexus Q?

"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"

Via The Verge