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Google Sells Through Initial Batch of Nexus Qs, Now Shipping in 2-3 Weeks

Either the Nexus Q is a bigger hit than any of us had imagined or Google simply produced very few to see if anyone would buy it. Yesterday, the device appeared to be in stock with a shipping time frame of “3-5 days,” but as of today, it has changed to “2-3 weeks.”

Could the Nexus Q end up being a hit? To see if it is something that will fill a void in your life, check out our initial hands-on with it.

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  • J Dub

    With the hacking already done on this I can see this as being kind of awesome. The ability to fully utilize the Android Market on your TV. Control streaming music via the handset. Ability to share when people are over. The possibilities are endless. That’s why they gave it away at I/O. They wanted devs to hack it and come up with cool ways to use it.

  • Tristan Cunha

    I’m sure this must be a good sign for Google, and probably a sign that we’ll end up seeing more hardware designed by them.
    Ahead of the announcement and launch of the Q, they had to make some predictions of how many they expected to sell initially/per month/per year, etc. Plus how many they would need to sell to break even, and what level of demand they could scale up to if it was a success.
    Based on all that they built/scheduled some for the initial launch, it probably wasn’t 10m (like the Galaxy S3), but it would have to be high enough to fall within some range that includes breaking even, otherwise the project would’ve never made it to market. Selling out your initial allocation is a good sign that the project is going to be at least profitable.
    Of course, this could be a situation like the Nexus7, where they’re selling the hardware at cost (or maybe even at a loss), with the expectation that profits would be driven by purchases through the Play store, but that analysis would still rest on selling a certain minimum number of units.

  • Gr8Ray

    I’m interested in buying one of these, but not at $300. Maybe $99. Maybe.

    • Tristan Cunha

      How much would you be willing to spend on a nice amp for your speakers?

      • ScoobySnack

        My nice speakers could use more than the 25W in the Q.

      • Gr8Ray

        My speakers already have a nice amp, so it would just be wasted money. They really should offer the device without an amp.

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  • Gabriel Hart

    Eh, I’ll wait til it drops to $100 like the Logitech Revue did

  • Here we f**king go again.

    I ordered a N7 within 3 minutes of it being available, and got mine last saturday morning. I ordered a Q the next day.

    Guess what hasn’t been shipped.

    So pathetic.

    • lamenting


      • Honestly the only thing that bothers me is that they keep putting holds for the funds. Getting it or not doesn’t bother me and I guess I should have explained that. They put a charge for the $282 for my 16GB N7 on my card, never removed it, and then over a week later they charged my card for the one they shipped. So in total for several days I had the price of two of them charged.

        Worse still, they’ve done that once with the Q so far as well, for no explainable reason it went from page 3 on my purchase history to #4 on page one. No order details changed, nothing has shipped, but the hold was put on my account.

        And then the thing that really has me fed up. Trying to contact them to get them to let go of my money means sitting on hold for hours just to be told nonsense (either there is nothing they can do, or it’s too late to cancel the order that wont ship for another week, etc. etc.)

        I didn’t really feel like typing all that in the initial post though. I want my Q, but mostly I just don’t want to deal with the Play store anymore.

        • RedPandaAlex

          A little perspective though. You’re talking about the second and third physical products Google has ever sold. Cut them some slack. It’ll take them some time to get the hang of the whole distribution thing.

          • They’ve sold the Nexus, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus on the play store.

            And that’s all good and fine but it doesn’t make it suck any less that they lock up $340, $282, and another $282. Only one of which is valid, with no explanation or recourse. Again, I don’t mind the shipping delay (it’s frustrating, as it seems they use a dartboard to determine shipping order, but it isn’t a huge deal) I mind the d**king around with my bank account without any ability to get them to stop. I’m not running around bouncing checks or anything, far from it. But a bank account isn’t someplace you put your fingers when you feel like it.

            If it isn’t on the dock, ready for UPS…stay the hell away from my money.

        • Liderc

          Stop ordering from them. It’s quicker to walk into a store.

          • Oh believe me, I very much doubt I will ever order from them again. I sent an email asking to cancel my Q order, I’m sure it will end up like my other request which was to cancel my N7 order, finally got a reply to it a week and a half later, half a week after I got the N7, saying it’s still too late to cancel.

            It’s just not run well, and I’m not going out of my way to hand them money for something I mostly only bought on principle (made in america). I don’t think it’s rational for anyone to suggest you just eat somebody screwing with almost $1k of your money like it’s a city park and not a bank account.

  • paul_cus

    Still pass. If it was $150, maybe.

  • Al

    The only purpose I see is connecting it to speakers to utilize Play Music….I’ll wait for a significant price drop.

    • Tristan Cunha

      I think that’s basically it’s intended purpose, it’s marketed as a social music player. Well, to utilize Google Music (you can upload any music you want, it doesn’t have to come from the Play store). I assume most people who are buying own a decent set of speakers already, and use Google Music.

  • ShopDroid

    Wow, they sold all 5 of them!

  • zepfloyd

    This is why we can’t make things in the USA. We’re just too slow at it.


    • That is one hell of a leap.

      How many did they make? Oh yeah…you don’t know.

      • zepfloyd

        Wow, learn sarcasm.

        • I think you miss the point, the sarcasm isn’t very good. It’s just a random thing that makes no sense, that isn’t sarcasm. If your comment was REALLY sarcastic the story would have to have been about them keeping pace with demand. i.e.:

          “Google just barely managing to keep up with high demand for the Q.”

          “This is why we can’t make things in the USA. We’re just too slow at it.”

          As it stands you are just saying…something…

          • zepfloyd

            No, I assume you’re just out of the loop on current events as are many. In the last year much attention has been made of tech companies producing items overseas (particularly Apple) and outsourcing jobs some people feel could be done here. At various interviews companies’ executives claim they CAN’T make those items here because of labor laws, wages, work ethics, and access to materials. Now, the Nexus Q, to much fanfare no less, is being manufactured in the USA. It is in this light, my comment is sarcastic. The dots have been connected.

  • OhAaron

    Well then.. good for Google!

  • InyRules

    I still don’t understand what this device accomplishes.

  • Destroythanet

    Haha, let’s not lie. If this was an Apple product and sold out like this, people here would be calling those buyers sheep who’ll buy anything they’re told to lol.

    • michael arazan

      And they would buy them in packs of three

  • lamenting

    Tell me again why I would spend $300 for this, when a $99 Vizio Co-star aka Google TV does way more?

    • Michael_NM

      You’re a cash arson?

    • Droidzilla

      I would imagine it doesn’t fit your usage needs (as it doesn’t mine; hence why I’m not buying one). Other people may want a dedicated amp with Android control and sharing functionality out of the box. It’s niche for sure, but for those who fit the niche it really is a pretty nice product. It took me a bit to see the purpose of it, too.

      • And this is pretty clearly v1.0 of the software, the potential is huge.

        • New_Guy

          Sure is, this thing has the potential to control an entire home (TV, music, appliances, security, lights, locks). It is probably nowhere near reaching that potential, but anyone who knows what to do with this thing is going to have a lot of fun.

      • c4v3man

        If it was $100 and missing the amp, I would probably buy one just to screw around with, even with the feature discreptancy in regards to Google TV. That being said, it’s a neat product, that when compared to Sonos is somewhat reasonably priced, just not something I need. At that price anyways…

        • Liderc

          Definitely seems like an odd product for Google to release at that price. Especially with them basically losing money on the Nexus 7 to get people into their ecosystem of media consumption. I think $99 is the price point for this really, it must have cost them a lot in R&D.

          • Droidzilla

            If you can name me the product that runs on Android, has the best YouTube player for TV yet made, full control via Android, integrated multiple user interface with Android allowing access to Google Music by individual, a super-slick form factor, made in the USA, and a pretty nice amp with matched speakers/cables (very important; far more so for audiophiles than the power of the system) that’s around your $99 price point I’ll agree that this is overpriced. Until that point, it’s just niche.

        • Tristan Cunha

          If it was missing the amp, it wouldn’t be much of a music player, and that would pretty much defeat the whole point. This isn’t a Goole TV replacement, and it’s not a Nexus at home replacement. My guess is that it’s the first piece of hardware that they’re planning on releasing, and they thought that a music player would be the best way to go.
          If you’re going to make a music player, it’s a good idea to not skimp on the details, so they included a good amp, obviously spent a ton of time on design, and even made speakers cables to go with it. If you’re the kind of person who’s going to be an early adopter of this kind of audio tech, those kinds of things are very important, and are the kinds of details that are worth paying for. Obviously, that kind of market exists (even if it’s not me).

          • Droidzilla

            You got it. I actually really want one of these with the matched speakers, but I simply can’t justify the purchase because I in no way need one.

    • Does way more, but doesn’t do the same.

      I have an HTPC (backed by one HELL of a media server including full rips of my several hundred blurays, menus and all) so I don’t need a media player. A browser, sorry, but no, everyone says “yeah that might be cool!” but…it never is.

      What I DO want and CAN’T already do is make it easy on game night for people to put something in the playlist to listen to, or watch a YT video.

      Honestly, there is NO good implementation of YouTube on TV right now. No device does it well, at best its passable. This is perfect though. As a person who wtched a lot of Geek and Sundry and Husky SC and such, this is awesome!

      Pricey, but made in the US, so, I’ll support that.

      • TheWenger

        lol@ Husky SC

        H to the usky usky here

        • Watched that guy for years and it just never stops being entertaining to listen to him.

    • J Dub

      Because the Vizio co-star was not made and designed by Google to receive the coolest latest updates first. Imagine pairing the Nexus Q with Project Glass. The possibilities going forward are there. Look at all the recent next-gen patents Google has been filing for Project Glass and other next-gen things.

    • r0lct

      If you wanted to watch media belonging to you and your friends, family, visitors on a Google TV how would you do it?
      Not happening. As a matter of fact watching any video purchased through Play store requires jumping through hoops.

      The Q is meant to be something new, Whether it takes off or not we shall see. But it’s not meant to overlap and/or compete with GTV.

  • Well, guess the average consumer is happy with it as it is out of the box. Think just a lot of us DL’ers are spoiled by the ingenuity of the dev community and expect more out of what are google devices can do.

  • Did they only make, like, ten?

    • RedPandaAlex

      Took the words right out of my mouth. This does seem to indicate Google knew the demand wouldn’t be too high.

      • JoshGroff

        Great song, not sure what it has to do with the Nexus Q though.