Google Postpones Indefinitely Shipments of Nexus Q Home Media Streamer

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-31

Google's Nexus Q, the futuristic-looking, globe-shaped media streaming device that the company introduced June 27 along with the Nexus 7 tablet, is not shipping on the schedule the company originally planned.

In fact, the ship schedule has been postponed indefinitely. Nexus Q units were supposed to start moving to customers two weeks ago.

The giant search, Web services and media device provider alerted via email customers who had pre-ordered the $299 device that it is holding off shipments "while we work on making it even better.€

The email to pre-order customers said that Google received 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.€

This will pay off for those who pre-ordered, however, because Google also said they will get their units free of charge. That's one way of earning good word-of-mouth public relations.

€œTo thank you for your early interest," Google said, "we€™d like to extend the Nexus Q preview to our pre-order customers and send you a free device.€

Access to Television, Movies, Music, and More

Nexus Q (pictured below right at Google I/O launch event June 27) offers users access to TV shows, movies, magazines and other content through Google Play, the company€™s online media store. The official name is the Nexus Q, but Google personnel just called it the Q.

The globelike, cloud-based device streams photos, audio and video from Google€™s cloud (and Google+) into any room in a home. In fact, guests at a Q-equipped home visiting for a party can €œtake over€ control of the Q and change the music and/or movie€”should the host not object.

Once it is indoctrinated into the Google cloud, the Q can be moved around to various locations in the house as needed. The company said it put a lot of time and effort into the R&D to come up with the globelike form factor. Instructions (queued-up videos, photos, music) for the Q can be handled by the new Jelly Bean 4.1-powered Nexus 7.

The device can be controlled by an Android smartphone or tablet, but the content is not streamed through those devices, but from the cloud through the Nexus Q to the home entertainment system. Around the equator, if you will, of the ball is a tiny LED band that pulses along with the music being played.

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