Google has officially suspended the Nexus Q media streaming devices official launch. Not delayed as in it will be shipping later than expected, instead they've basically canceled it and will be making some changes. That is why they are stating it has been suspended. A brief email is going out to those who've pre-ordered and multiple reports have just hit our inbox.
Basically what it comes down to is the Nexus Q doesn't offer all that much. Yes it's a social media streaming device, has been hacked to work with the Google Play Store, but the high price and lack of usability has Google rethinking things. Here's what we are seeing in the emails from Google:
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
Wow. Isn't that interested. Google states that it was met with huge enthusiasm, yet feedback wasn't that great as far as the feature list. As a result they've suspended the consumer launch and will be giving them out for free instead. I hope many of you pre-ordered that thing, because you'll all be getting one free now.
Apparently Google will be giving a "preview" version to everyone who pre-ordered absolutely free. Just like they did to those attending Google IO. You will not be charged for your pre-order, and instead will get Christmas early this year. Google intends to keep the industrial design but focus more on the product itself before relaunching for consumers. While we liked the Nexus Q, it didn't offer enough to warrant a purchase if you ask me, especially for those with DirecTV, Netflix, and multiple other media options.
You can expect your free Nexus Q to ship soon, and we'll be sure and update once we hear anything more. Also worth noting, the Nexus Q is no longer "for sale" on the Google Play Store.
-- Thanks to everyone who sent this in!