Today's update to Play Movies introduces a sleeker experience for Android devices. Unfortunately, the experience is too sleek for the Nexus Q to handle. For the few of you that have one of those endearing little spheres, your movies are now joining your music as content you can no longer stream to the device.


With both Play Music and Play Movies support gone, there is little reason to continue using the Nexus Q. That said, the YouTube app still works. The device isn't dead yet, but it's well on its way to becoming the most adorable brick you have ever owned. For those of us who never got a chance to experience the Q, let's just stare longingly for a moment and think about all that could have been.

Nexus Q

The Play Movies update is still rolling out rather slowly, but we've already hosted the APK for anyone who wants to speed up their Nexus Q's demise or just enjoy the new improvements on their other devices.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • portalpirate

    RIP Nexus Q. We hardly knew ye.

  • Kenny O

    "it's well on its way to becoming the most adorable brick you have ever owned" - Not if the Ouya has anything to say in the matter.

    • QwietStorm


  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    i would be so mad if i bought one of these!!

    • Steve Secor

      I'm mad.

    • michael interbartolo

      if memory serves folks got them for free at I/O2012. and those that pre-ordered from the Play store(thinking they were going to pay $299) got them for free as well since they got pulled from the store. other than Ebay I am not sure anyone actually paid for a Q.

      • Krzysztof Jozwik

        It really did look like the ultimate beta test. Offer em at an extreme price, then give them away to the people who were willing to buy them. Mostly devs and people with too much money. Then when you're done testing, shut it down.

    • Kenny O

      Unless someone bought it second had, I'm pretty sure everyone got them for free.

  • michael interbartolo

    would be nice if the fling music and movies features that got added to googletv like they did for youtube.

  • RitishOemraw

    And I still want a nexus Q....hope that all this app updating kills the Q more so I can get it cheaply of ebay....
    Surely there must be some XBMC use for this that will continue to work?

  • Ryan Stewart

    Its really a shame. They should have gone without the amp and made it cheaper. I already have the sound system, I didnt need to spend money to make it drive the speakers. Had they made it like an airplay type receiver and kept the costs down it would have been an accessory, not an attempt at a stand alone device.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      I think it was a beta test, as they only gave them away for free.

      • coggy9

        Because only so many people bought them. Preorders got were free.

        • Krzysztof Jozwik

          Maybe they priced it to only have preorders from people who might progress the platform or people with money to burn. Notice how they tend not to have preorders on most products.

  • yankeesusa

    so whats gonna happen to all those nexus q's out there? landfill? Will google take them back?

  • yankeesusa

    People should be ashame selling them for over $300 on ebay. I hope people research this before buying it. But I guess if you buy it your the one that is making the mistake. I think google should have allowed movies and music to continue working on them.

  • Rick Fisher

    poor Q, I'm going to miss it. I made fun of it when it came in at $300 and I was a broke college student that didn't understand paying $300 for what seemed marginally better than an apple tv, but then a couple weeks ago I spent $500 on a Sonos Connect:Amp and it would have been the perfect job for the Q :(

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    The Q had such a short life good thing it runs android and hopefully someone will make it more useful but putting full android on it not this watered down droid. put xmbc on it and you got a nice little media center with a built in powerful amp.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    If I had the Q could I just load older APKs on an old device and still use music / movies?

  • Cody Curry

    Does Google even realize the goldmine they're sitting on top of?

    The Nexus Q running full GoogleTV (with flashable ROMs) would immediately conquer the set-top box market.

  • Guest

    This is why I keep root access on all devices, so i can back up my apk's and use the ones that still work with the Q for the purpose of having my content streamed to the big screen. See, my Q and old android device work great together.