Remember that strange Nexus Q media streamer announced by Google in June?
The orb-shaped gadget, which looks like a prop from a 1980s sci-fi movie, was supposed to go on sale in the US around the same time as the Nexus 7 tablet (in fact it shares the same chipset). However, the launch has now been postponed while Google works on improving it.
The $299 Android-based media device functions like an Apple TV box crossed with a Sonos player, and with a fairly high price to match.
The Nexus Q was only going to be available in America for the time being. Even those customers will have to wait longer, though the big consolation for anyone who pre-ordered one already is that they will get a Nexus Q for free.
Google’s Nexus Q Team revealed the delay as follows: “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.”
The message finishes: “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. Your Nexus Q will be on its way soon.”
You can see that Google acknowledges the design and hardware were greeted enthusiastically, but the area where it needs improvement is its software.
“There are so many bugs in the system, it’s hard to know where to begin,” wrote Brent Rose on Gizmodo back in July, who was not alone in his disappointment.
At least Google has apparently listened to the feedback. Giving the device away to early adopters is quite unprecedented but it suggests they may be in for a longer wait than hoped.
The news is also very unlikely to make a UK release happen any quicker.