You may remember the Google Nexus Q from our coverage of Google IO in San Francisco. It’s a multimedia device that connects to your home theater system and TV to deliver multimedia streams from an Android device. Well, Google has listened to the early user feedback and has decided to postpone the Nexus Q indefinitely, which means until it is ready. To sweeten this setback in the schedule, the company has announced that those who had pre-ordered it would get one for free.
Hopefully, customers won’t be too disappointed, but given that they won’t be charged for it, chances are that Google navigated this one fairly successfully – from a commercial standpoint. Here’s the official announcement:
Subject: Status of Your Nexus Q Pre-Order
We have an important update about your Nexus Q pre-order.
When we announced Nexus Q at Google I/O, we gave away devices to attendees for an early preview. The industrial design and hardware were met with great enthusiasm. We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.
To thank you for your early interest, we’d like to extend the Nexus Q preview to our pre-order customers and send you a free device. If you had other items in your order, your credit card will be charged for those items only.
Your Nexus Q will be on its way soon and you will receive a notification and tracking number from Google Play when it ships.
The Nexus Q Team