Dec 26, 2012

What happened to the Google Nexus Q?

Remember the Nexus Q - the round streaming media device thingy from Google? It was overpriced at $300, but it was made in the US of A and I thought that after the cost came down I might get one, but as far as I can tell they disappeared. What happened to them? Are they still around, or are they one of those mythical creatures we will be able to wow the grandkids with stories about, like having seen an actual unicorn or Apple Newton?

Seems like it's dead and buried at this point. No great loss as it didn't seem to offer much that anybody wanted in the first place.

I think you nailed what happened to it when you mentioned the $300 cost. It wasn't just overpriced, it was grossly overpriced.  Honestly, you could get a Nexus 4 for the same price. Google apparently thought better of it too, and pulled it off the market, at least temporarily, so they could add more features. I'm not sure when or if we will see it again. It did have a cool form factor, I'll give it that. I'll also give Google some props for giving people that pre-ordered it one for free when they decided to pull it.  If nothing else, that helped ensure that it wasn't a PR disaster that could cause a loss of good will. I'd like to see it come back with Google TV integration and a lower price point.



You can get one right now on eBay. Top bid is $151.50 with less than two days left.


Other than eBay, it's going to be hard to find a Nexus Q. Once Google got bad early reviews of the device, it parked the Nexus Q in limbo, where it likely will remain.



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