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Google has indefinitely suspended the launch of the Nexus Q to consumers so they can make it "do even more than it does today." Which translates to, roughly, "sorry, everyone is telling us this thing is basically useless as is, so please give us time to fix it." Those who pre-ordered will be getting free Q's, though, so that's pretty awesome. Here's the email Google sent out to pre-order customers:

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

The Play Store page for the Q has been removed (unless you have a direct link), and all references to pricing are gone. Which, as you might guess, probably means when it does return, the Q will be a little cheaper ($300 was definitely steep). Pricing for the Triad bookshelf speakers was also removed, as was pricing for speaker cables.

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So, expect the Q to return a cheaper, leaner media streaming ball. That hopefully does more. A lot more, preferably.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • David Becker

    $300 device that only does two things. Stream youtube and stream Audio. How could it fail?
    Well I am glad they realized their mistake. It is just to bad Google is so bad at customer relations and product launches.

    • Sky

      "customer relations"
      -->*gives loyal customers free Q"

      yep. So bad.

      • RR

        Indeed too bad for dumb customers .... Lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

      i agree about the device being a joke. Worse is the way you have to stream audio. Its not tablet/phone to device. its google play music only from the cloud you have purchased then sent to the Q via the device. WHAT!?! even saying how it works is a chore. Until google allows you to stream any music, movies, and pictures to the device via a wifi/bluetooth app on your phone, this thing is a paperweight.

  • Kernschatten

    I still don't know what the Q is supposed to do.

    • krazyfrog

      It puts the 'Q' in 'Questions'.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Hopefully they do with it what we all initially, mistakenly, assumed they would: make it the proper, well-considered followup to Google TV, this time designed directly by Google and with all the Google TV complaints taken into account for once.

    • Servando Quinones

      Google TV it seems is the only way to go with this one. With you on that one.

  • slsf617

    That is great customer service

    • http://www.androidradar.de/ Leif

      +1
      This is really great. Now I'm very curious what they want to do with it. Extend the audio streaming the whole Android system instead of "just" Youtube and Google Music?
      Make a Google TV out of it?

  • Paul_Werner

    Yeah, I'm going with Ouya over this, at least how it stands now. It would have been nice if I could have told the future and received one for free. Oh well, I'm only out $99 for my Ouya when it ships

    • http://twitter.com/MichaelPOdegard Michael P. Odegard

      Aren't you out the money for Ouya as soon as the kickstarter project closes? Then you receive the unit next year, if they get it finished.

      • Paul_Werner

        Yea & I don't doubt they'll finish it with how much of a backing they have

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    Anyone else wishing they had preordered?

    • http://twitter.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans

      hell no worthless device

      • fixxmyhead

        i like ur thinking

      • Sky

        free* worthless device

    • Kenny O

      I really didn't want one......but yes, I am wishing I had a free one

    • RBI411

      This guy.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I'm more disappointed because I was seriously considering a pre-order. I wrote an article (not currently published) that had a LOT to say on the Q, and frankly, I think it's gonna be huge...I kinda want to watch it as it grows. The only thing that was stopping me is that I didn't really have the money to spare for it right now.

  • hldc1

    I'm thinking the "new" Nexus Q is going to be a Google TV device. Would be shocked if it isn't.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexslx Alexandre Leites

    Why i brought SGS3 instead of this...

  • http://profiles.google.com/justin.king323 Justin King

    Translation: we thought we could fool the world by pulling an Apple and severely overcharge for a glorified uPNP streaming device ... but the only people who bought it are hackers who want to actually turn it into something useful. That's when we figured out that maybe ... just maybe ... it should actually do something useful out of the box.

  • Dave

    Is there an explanation for the Q yet? Past Google properties that weren't very successful still had some reasonable thought behind them. What was the secret of Q? Is it a much more powerful hacking toy than we realize? Was it supposed to do something else that got cut last minute? Was the price supposed to be $99 and then there was some huge unexpected jump in the cost of the materials? Did they have a legal obligation to manufacture something in the US? I reuse to believe that this is an "oops" from every direction, there has to be some reasoning.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Is it a disappointed device? Yes. I would love it if it does what it currently does, PLUS what a Google TV can do. That will definitely justify the $300 price tag. But folks, $300 for a mostly made-in-USA product isn't too steep a price tag.

  • Freak4Dell

    Note to self...preorder all overpriced useless devices from now on, in hopes of getting it for free.

  • Chad Kitching

    I hope they add an IR/RF/BT remote control to it and make it usable as a standalone device, but I'm not hopeful. A $300 phone/tablet remote display is a bit too expensive for too little functionality.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    Had I known I would have obviously pre-ordered but as it was for that price it wasnt even on my radar. The built-in amp was cool but it was really just a music and youtube device. If they rolled full on Android+GoogleTV functionality in it then that price might have been bearable.

  • Philip Courtois

    The Nexus Q is exactly what I want - sure it can have more features, but knowing Google they will just add those later. What makes the $299 perfectly fine is the fact that it is a serious audio device made with quality components - IN THE USA! Look at what other good audio devices cost and suddenly $299 is perfectly reasonable. Google: You can add more features to the next iteration of the Nexus Q (to satisfy the quantity-addicts) but PLEASE, PLEASE don't send production of the Nexus Q to China!!! By Google keeping production on US soil, you are making a change that many companies will follow for everyone's advantage. Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

      300 for a paperweight. Yeah thats nice if you like paper weights, but most people dont want to have to buy google play music to use it. And many people still do not have the bandwidth speed to stream from their phone/tablet to the cloud, and then to the cloud to this thing. Its asinine to do such a thing. Why not make it a bluetooth 4.0 device, or have it hook into a adhoc wifi router or better yet, have it connect to the wifi of the tablet itself. For 300 anyone can expect more, even if it is made in the USA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

    If the Ouya allows a person to stream music, movies, and pics from their android device, not just add files to it. The Q will be destroyed in sales in no time.

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