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Why did Google delay the Nexus Q?

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(Read caption) The Nexus Q is seen during Google I/O 2012 Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco in July. The Nexus Q has been delayed.

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Back in late June, Google unveiled a spherical gizmo called the Nexus Q – essentially a conduit for all sorts of streaming multimedia. 

Hook the Nexus Q up to your television set or home entertainment system, and you can access content purchased from Google Play or share music and friends with friends via the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas. The thing certainly looked pretty cool, like a robot head missing the rest of its body. Engadget called it "mysterious." David Pogue of the Times, taking a somewhat more skeptical approach, called the $299 device "baffling." 

Now we can all call it "delayed." In an email to folks who had already pre-ordered the Q, Google said that "the industrial design and hardware [of the Q] 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."


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