Google Delays Nexus Q Release Because the Weird Media Streamer Is Half-Baked

Google is reportedly sending letters to customers who pre-ordered its bizarre media streaming orb, saying it needs time to make it better." Ouch.

The Nexus Q was supposed to ship shortly after Google I/O, but according to the email, Google has taken some of the early feedback from users to heart and plans to tweak the streamer. Here's the email sent to those who pre-ordered as reported by a number of outlets.

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

Hopefuly by "make it better," Google means completely redesign the whole concept. Sure, the Nexus Q is beautiful, but it's way too expensive, and it's only useful if you've got and Android device and plenty of Google Play content. Hopefully at least some of those problems will be fixed before Google sends the Nexus Q to more hapless users. [The Verge and Engadget]