Google may have bumped its head against a wall or finally understood that consumers are not so eager to purchase a $300 Nexus Q. For whatever reason, tech enthusiasts and consumers in general are now contemplating why they did not pre-order the cloud-based streaming device.
Industry experts were not so enthusiastic when the search giant unveiled the Nexus Q at last month’s Google I/O 2012 developers conference. The device practically only streams music and movies from the cloud and totally brushes aside content on an Android-powered device, the latter of which only serves as a remote control.
Google realized that a $300 price tag was too steep and decided to suspend the launch of Nexus Q, consequently removing the product offering on its Play Store.
Good news is that those people who pre-ordered the device before it was pulled out will luckily get the current Nexus Q version free of charge.
Google sent out an email to customers who pre-ordered the Nexus Q. It reads,
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
Check back again for a release schedule on the upgraded Nexus Q and how much it will cost.
Thanks for the tip, Mark.