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How can Google Improve the Nexus Q to Get You to Buy One?

With Google announcing that retail release of the Nexus Q has been put on hold, we would actually like to thank them for this decision. We’ve had our Q’s since May of this year and personally, I’ve used mine about 5 times in total. Each of these times were just to show it off to friends, which was then followed by the question, “What does it do?” Well, it doesn’t really do much at all actually. Google, being the type of business they are, have seemingly realized this and are now going to give the Nexus Q some added features which will then make it more of an easy sale than just being a black orb that lights up and streams your Play content for $300. 

So, what should they add to the Q to make it more interesting to consumers? We would like to think that everyone’s first inclination would be apps – we want applications on this thing. Throw in access to Google Play and add a user interface that will allow us to cut through the b.s. leading us straight to the goods such as Netflix and other applications we would want to access on our living room’s HDTV. Sure, that’s a fantastic thought, but then we’re just paying for a “Made in the U.S.A.” Google TV set-top box. Why would anyone want to pay an extra $200 for this? Long story short, I don’t think the masses would.

What do you think Google can add or change about the Nexus Q to make you want to buy it? Will they lower the price upon completion of the new software or could they just add the ability to install apps? For right now, it’s hard to see a positive outcome for this piece of hardware that was originally produced with very few useful purposes to consumers. I hope Google can prove me wrong.

  • JRomeo

    Figure out a way for me to insert a DVD cd into this thing, and have it play…. i dont want to only be able to watch movies from the play store. the more options the better. the reasons people buy things is because it gives them more options. pack this with as many options as possible, and it’ll fly off the markets, a full desktop version of the chrome browser, at the very least a specialized Q keyboard app for tablets which only controls the onscreen Q browser, or preferably its own keyboard by itself. the ability to have netflix, hulu+, there is a MASSIVE audience that wants to cut the cable television cord, and this could be it. put amazon prime video, and please please PLEASE increase the television content of the Google Play TV section… amazon kindle fire has more tv episodes than the Google Play tv section…

  • chaz2400

    Make it a Windows Media Extender.

  • forpar

    If it had the ability to mirror I am in even at $300.

  • Pick a name

    I’d like to see some sort of Airplay-esque feature. The ability to wirelessly sync music and other files to the Q on top of integration into Google TV would make it worth it for me.

  • EricTheRed

    Maybe not make it look like a stupid orb? Where am I supposed to put that thing in my house anyway? If it’s meant to be a part of your entertainment system then it should look like your other components (ie: rectangular or cube like). I don’t know the exact dimensions but I am guess it would need it’s own shelf and couldn’t fit on top of other components in my cabinet. It would have to sit on top of something and out in the open which is unappealing to me personally and would add to the geek factor. It looks like something a teenager would buy for his/her gaming system. I’m in my early 30’s and it doesn’t look appealing to me at all no mater what it does. Also, I think the odd shape adds to the mystery of what it does exactly. It doesn’t look like anything else which could cause it to be looked over in the store. That’s my 2 cents 🙂

  • Sileem

    Lower price, a remote control interface, and some form of expandable storage, even just a USB port.

  • Firant

    Release it to consumers so I can see it and figure out if I want to blow money on it?

  • Add support for Silicon Dust HDHomeRun cable card devices.