Google has indefinitely delayed the release of their social streaming media player known as the Nexus Q. The device had been available for pre-order in the Google Play store but now the product page simply shows the streamer as “coming soon” with an option to be notified via email when it becomes available again.
In an email message to pre-order customers, Google said they have decided to postpone the consumer launch in order to make the Nexus Q even better. This decision was based on initial feedback from users that wanted the device to do even more than it presently does. Google didn’t specifically outline what they would be doing to make the Nexus Q better but based on the wording in the email, it sounds like the majority of changes could be related to software.
Those who got their pre-orders in before the decision to delay the release will be sent developer units like the ones handed out at Google’s I/O conference in June free of charge. These are also the same products that were sent to media for review. A Google spokesperson told Ars Technica that dev units would begin shipping out this week.
The Nexus Q received mediocre reviews from tech sites back in June. Publications generally praised the unique form factor but the asking price of $299 combined with the fact that it can only be controlled by another Android device and it doesn’t have its own user interface didn’t sit well with many reviewers.