Google’s Nexus Q is a conundrum. As it exists right now, it doesn’t really justify a $299 price tag. But there’s potential, and Google realized this by encouraging the community to hack its innards. Folks are already making progress.
But only developers and Google I/O attendees have been given the opportunity to experience the device. Unfortunately that’s set to continue, as Google is delaying the official launch of the Q until further notice. If you search for the Q in the Google Play store right now, it says the device is currently not for sale. Bummer.
Here’s a statement Google made in an email:
When we announced the 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 the Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.
Basically, Google realizes the Q isn’t quite ready for primetime, so it’s delaying to make it better than it is today. That’s both good and bad. As a consolation for the delay, Google said folks who preordered will be sent a Nexus Q free of charge. As in, no money. Nada.
You’ll still be charged for other items in your order, Google said, but for now expect a Nexus Q to head your way without spending the astronomical $299. Folks who preordered will receive a tracking number and notification soon from Google Play when it ships.
Thanks, Google. And Thanks to Ryan Negri at NegriElectronics for the heads up.