The Nexus Q page in the Google Play store says the media streamer is "no longer for sale." Does this mean Google has given up on the device? Maybe.
What a year for technology, what with all its tiny tablets and overhauled operating systems. But for every Nexus 7 triumph, a Nexus Q disaster reared its gruesome head. Here are the worst screw-ups the tech industry endured in 2012. Advanced warning: They're not for the faint of heart.
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 is an odd little piece of hardware, filling a very small niche rather expensively. It could, however, turn out to be more useful than first thought, because a simple hack seems to bring it to life with the Android launcher, apps and as a result—you guessed it—Netflix.
Google unveiled its media-streaming glowing orb to many oohs and ahhs, followed by head-scratches. The thing looks cool. And it sounds good, both in concept and fidelity. But two major questions remain: Who is it for, and how well does it work?
Google's Nexus Q is many thing to many people. A miniature Death Star, an alien being, necessary but overwrought or, umm, a media streamer. It also has an extra, hidden function: it works as a magic 8-ball.
Google revealed a lot at Google I/O: a shimmering tablet at a good price, a sci-fi home theater orb, seriously sophisticated search, and Jelly Beans. It also revealed an unsettling lack of human understanding.
We've spent some time with Google's new media Orb, and put our eye-orbs all over it. It's a funky little device, but is it funky in the right ways?
The Nexus Q is Google's $299 cloud service-streaming box—er—orb. It's only for Google Play and YouTube. Plus! It has trippy flashing lights and looks like an alien weapon. But is it any good?