Google has just let us know that it is delaying the launch of the Nexus Q as it works to improve the device. The Nexus Q order page on Google Play has been taken down, and now simply leaves customers with a note that the device "is coming soon." It's not all bad news for those who pre-ordered, however: Google has informed us that those who did reserve the device will be receiving the dev unit for free. The dev unit is the new name for what Google I/O attendees received last month and what we reviewed. Below is an email sent out to those who pre-ordered. Google simply says that it will be sending out the Nexus Q preview units "soon."
We gave the Android-based media streamer a 5.0, and the device was criticized by the press at large due to its premium price tag and minimal feature set. Its $300 price-point was due to its highly-publicized US-based manufacture. We haven't received any details from Google clueing us in as to how it will alter the device, but the email sent to pre-order customers suggests that the changes will come on the software side.
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
Source: The Verge