Google Nukes Rumor That Nexus Q is Discontinued
The Nexus Q team is hard at work revising the gadget based on initial (highly negative) feedback.
Early Thursday morning, DroidLife and many other sites reported that the Nexus Q page on Google Play read that it was "no longer available for sale", updated from the previous message that read "this device is not for sale at this time". That led to speculation claiming it may never come back based on a similar message seen with the Galaxy Nexus and the 8 GB Nexus 7 model which have been discontinued.
For the record, the Nexus Q page is currently not available on Google Play from the front page, possibly to prevent any additional confusion, but it's still locked and loaded here thanks to a Google search. Gizmodo actually reached out to the company to find out what's going on with the device, only to get a response saying that Google doesn't have anything new to share in regards to the Nexus Q at this time.
"The messaging is still true from our announcement in July that we listened to the feedback and the team is hard at work," a Google rep said.
The Nexus Q was slated to be the first social streaming player, a ball-shaped device that streams your favorite entertainment from Google Play and YouTube "to the biggest speakers and screen in the house". Hardware included a dual-core TI OMAP4460 SoC, 1 GB of LPDDR RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, NFC and more.
But the device, originally introduced on June 27, 2012 at the Google I/O 2012 Keynote, never officially launched (despite appearing on Google Play) thanks to the initial wave of poor reviews. The biggest complaints stemmed from its high pricetag compared to similar products with a wider library of services. It didn't even offer Netflix or Hulu, locking the user to just Google Play's offerings.
"Google must have bigger plans for this thing. It’s wildly overbuilt for its incredibly limited functions, and far too expensive," wrote David Pogue of the New York Times. "For now, I can think of only one class of customer who should consider buying the black Nexus Q sphere: people whose living rooms are dominated by bowling-ball collections."
With comments like that, it's no wonder why Google has pulled the Nexus Q from Google Play. So far there's no indication of when the device will return, but as the Google rep pointed out, the team is "hard at work" revising the gadget based on the initial feedback.