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Nexus Q Delayed Indefinitely; Google Sending Free Units to Those Who Preordered

by Brandon Russell | July 31, 2012July 31, 2012 2:45 pm PST

nexus-q-darkGoogle’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.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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