Google postpones launch of Nexus Q to make it usable

Nexus Q

Google just announced via email to pre-order customers of the Nexus Q that it’s postponing the launch of the Android-powered streaming media player. After fairly poor reception, Google is taking some extra time to make improvements before it ships.

“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,” the email reads.

That translates into “We heard everyone complaining that the Nexus Q sucks, so we’re deciding to hold off on the launch and make some changes until we have a good product to ship.” Just a few suggestions of my own: figure out how to lower that $300 price tag and throw in a physical remote. I appreciate the forward-thinking, but relying on only an app to control the device isn’t all that intuitive.

There’s good news for pre-order customers, though. Google is sending a free Nexus Q preview device to everyone who indulged in being an early adopter. Their credit cards will not be charged, unless of course they ordered other items alongside the Nexus Q, in which case they will be charged for those products only.

Google also replaced the Nexus Q order page with a brief notice that the device is coming soon and an email form for notification of its availability.

[via The Verge]

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