"Game Consoles" Are the Final Key to Digital Domination

Google might be building a game console, rumors say. Apple too. Actually, everyone's building game consoles. It's just, they aren't game consoles, exactly. They're puzzle pieces. » 6/28/13 4:14pm 6/28/13 4:14pm

Has Google Finally Discontinued the Nexus Q? (Updated)

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. » 1/17/13 2:18pm 1/17/13 2:18pm

The Biggest Tech Screw-Ups of 2012

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. » 12/31/12 8:21am 12/31/12 8:21am

Google Delays Nexus Q Release Because the Weird Media Streamer Is…

Google is reportedly sending letters to customers who pre-ordered its bizarre media streaming orb, saying it needs time to make it better." Ouch. » 7/31/12 5:44pm 7/31/12 5:44pm

Google Nexus Q Hacked to Run Android Launcher, Apps, Netflix

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. » 7/10/12 4:31am 7/10/12 4:31am

Nexus Q Teardown: Not as All-American as You Think

Last week Google announced the strange-looking Nexus Q: a media streamer built by Americans for... well, we're not exactly sure who it's for. But iFixit has taken a look inside, and it's not quite the all-American Google might have you think. » 7/05/12 4:32am 7/05/12 4:32am

Google Nexus Q Review: Who Is This Orb For?

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? » 7/03/12 2:20pm 7/03/12 2:20pm

The Nexus Q Is Also a Magic 8-Ball

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. » 7/02/12 4:39am 7/02/12 4:39am

Does Google Have Any Social Skills at All?

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. » 6/28/12 4:03pm 6/28/12 4:03pm

Is Google's Nexus Q 'Necessary but Overwrought?'

After the announcement of Google's Nexus Q media streamer, our good friend and former Gizmodo chief Brian Lam had an interesting thought: the Nexus Q is necessary, but too overblown for the audience its trying to capture. Does that seem reasonable or crazy to you? [Twitter] » 6/27/12 8:20pm 6/27/12 8:20pm

Nexus Q Hands On: Google's Odd Little Media-Streaming Orb

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? » 6/27/12 5:08pm 6/27/12 5:08pm

Nexus Q: Google Play Invades Your Living Room With a Media Streaming Orb

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? » 6/27/12 12:24pm 6/27/12 12:24pm