Despite having already taken a number of pre-orders for its Nexus Q, tech titan Google announced on Wednesday it was delaying shipment the media streaming device to make improvements based on feedback from a beta testers requesting more functionality. Industry writers who got their hands on the Q were not kind in their initial assessments, deriding the device's price tag, limited functionality and compatibility with only Android devices.
The Nexus Q is a black sphere that can be connected to speakers and televisions and stream music and video directly from the cloud. Early opinions on the device, however, complain that the device can only stream from Google Play, YouTube or other Google services and can only be controlled with Android smartphones or tablets. Apple TV is a similar product, streaming media from iTunes, but costs just $99 and can stream content from other vendors such as Netflix and Hulu. The timing of Google announcing the delay is curious, as mid-July shipments were promised by the company when it unveiled the product just over a month ago.
With the Nexus Q and Nexus 7 tablet, Google is beginning its expansion into manufacturing its own hardware, an effort that is benefiting greatly from the company's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which closed in late May. The deal gave Google thousands of patents to protect itself in the ongoing legal battles for control of wireless technologies, while also giving it manufacturing assets to produce its own devices. Google did say that those who had already pre-ordered the Nexus Q, which sold out on the first day pre-orders were accepted, but did not reveal a date when the orb will hit shelves. Check out a promo clip for the Nexus Q below.