Google removed all mention of the Nexus Q streaming-media device from its Nexus webpage, and the sphere-shaped device is no longer for sale in the Google Play Store.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
UPDATE 2: I just got the following response from Google PR: “In July we announced the consumer delay of Nexus Q, we do not have any further news to share at this time.” I’m unsure of when Google removed the Nexus Q from its Nexus webpage, but I’m almost positive it was much later than July. Either way, the Nexus Q has not been available for some time.
UPDATE: Shortly after I posted this entry, a number of readers reached out to let me know that Google stopped selling the Nexus Q months ago. Customers who preordered the device received one for free, and Google stated that it’s working on a better device. I didn’t know that; my mistake. Regardless, the Q isn’t listed on the Nexus page anymore, which may not bode well for future versions.
Last week, Google announced its latest lineup of Nexus devices, including a new smartphone and a new tablet. Google’s Nexus devices are designed to give users a true, unfettered Android experience, and they’re particularly popular with “Android purists,” because Nexus devices get Google’s software updates before other carrier-managed Android devices.
Google Nexus Q
Amidst all the new Nexus noise, the company also seemingly did away with another relatively-new Nexus device: The Nexus Q “social streaming media player.”
I own a Nexus Q, and to be honest, I’m not surprised Google decided to stop selling it—at least for the time being. It’s unclear if the Nexus Q will be sold again in the future, but it seems unlikely. (I reached out to Google for an official comment, and I will update this post accordingly as soon as I hear back.)
The Nexus Q looks cool, but I hardly ever use it. That’s because I don’t really buy movies or TV shows from Google; I prefer Amazon.com’s online streaming service. (I always kind of thought of the Nexus Q as a ploy to draw Android users into Google’s media ecosystem by forcing them to buy content from Google so they stream it to their Nexus Qs.) I don’t have a standalone home-entertainment system, and I already have an Internet-connected TV. So the only time I ever use the Nexus Q is when friends come over and ask something along the lines of “What the hell is that weird sphere-thingee next to the TV?”
I also don’t know anyone else who owns a Nexus Q. I’ve never heard anyone talk about it on Twitter or other social networks, which shows a lack of consumer interest. And it wasn’t cheap, at $299.
Who knows, maybe the thing will become a collector’s item. For now, it will continue to collect dust next to my TV, until I need the space for another new home-entertainment gadget, at which time the Nexus will be resigned to The Land of Misfit Tech Toys, i.e., my desk’s bottom left drawer.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.