It’s been quite some time since we last heard from the Google Nexus Q, but the reason the media streaming device is making its way back into the news today isn’t very good. After months of silence, Google has at last changed the Nexus Q’s Google Play listing to say that the device is “no longer available for sale.” For those who have forgotten, the Nexus Q hasn’t been available for purchase since July, so why Google is just now getting around to changing its Play Store listing is anyone’s guess.
When Google stopped offering the Nexus Q half a year ago, the company said that it would take the player back to the drawing board after complaints that stated the price was too high for a device that ultimately didn’t do much. Perhaps the initial hope was that Google would be able to come up with some new functionality and quickly bring the Nexus Q back to market, but months went by without a new update from Google. In October, the company removed the Nexus Q from the Nexus landing page, apparently to make room for the new incoming devices, such as the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.
The Nexus Q was never “officially” released, with Google pulling the plug on the project before it left the pre-order phase. Those who pre-ordered a Nexus Q received one for free, while everyone else was out of luck. Google similarly gave away the Nexus Q for free at Google I/O 2012, so despite the fact that there are a number of them floating around out there, it seems that Google didn’t receive payment for any of them.
Perhaps the Nexus Q’s fate will become more clear as we move deeper into 2013. It’s worth noting that the Google Play page for the Nexus Q is still up, so it’s possible that Google is still planning a comeback. Hopefully we find out more shortly, because to be honest, the suspense is killing us.
[via Ars Technica]