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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.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Merge the Q with OUYA and Google TV and you have game

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002181230591 Sardonick Doubleohseven

    Lower the price and let Apple build it. Heh. Seriously though, I’d try it for 99, but not a penny more.

  • Doan

    Nothing; my laptop/TV/phone/etc already does everything the Q does.

  • bedwa

    Make apps side loadable via google play and remote access via any browser hooked into the same network ala airKies style. From there make it so you can use the local storage more. Then it’s worth it.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    Y eah I’d also probably buy it if it had Google TV included, and if it was at $100-$150. There is no possible reason that I can see, for paying $300 for something that honestly I have no idea what it even does. I’ve read three “reviews” of it, including from this site, and yet I still have no idea what in the heck it currently does or what purpose it serves. Google putting a hold on it sounds like incredibly smart advice. But the consensus is clear that almost all people who have heard of it have no idea what it’s used or why you should pay $300 for a speaker? I still don’t get what the phuck this neat looking device is?

    I do recall hearing, I think, that it only plays or streams, Google Play content? No, no ,no big mistake Google, that will be the death of this product more than anything, I promise you sincerely. If you make it so testicle can only use proprietary Google stuff, well you are setting yourself up for failure. I know you want to pander to us with all the Market sh!t, but there is nothing more annoying than an electronic device that can’t communicate with all the existing stuff I own. Nobody wants fifty different devices that each only works with it’s format or content! If Ii buy something I want it to be compatible with all my existing media/music, regardless of if I bought from the Market. Mark my words, you make this thing only take Google content and a lot of the people working on it will be collecting unemployment by the end of the year.

    Plus, all i see for a commercial for this device right now is absolutely this….”G oogle Nexus Q! Umm, it is a thing, yeah! Stuff! You need it! Here watch these amatuer videos of REAL people having their lives changed by this product, set to inspirational cat,hy music! Stuff, $300….ummmm…YOU WANT IT, STUFF NEXUS Q!”

    That’s currently what I hear when I read an ad placement or a review for this enigma of a device, and undoubtedly that is how the commercial will be for it as well. Make it so I can stream anything from computer, and i mean anything not just Google sh!t, to my TV, and I’ll buy it for a good price. Make it proprietary and well, see my earlier comment about the project leads collecting unemployment not long after it’s disasterous release.

    • brando56894

      “If you make it so testicle can only use proprietary Google stuff,”

      Am I the only one that noticed this?!

      • Balthazar_B

        Evidently.

      • r0lct

        You may be one of the few who bothered to read it. For the subject at hand I assumed tl;dr

    • Nashdroid

      No, you absolutely are not the only one who noticed! This post was so funny to me. I am seriously cracking up! Hilarious! I guess it does kinda look like a testicle. haha

  • Patrick Rochon

    yes 150-200 bucks and Google TV and I’m in

  • Champion1229

    I’m willing to sacrifice the built in audio amp for a lower price (seeing as I use HDMI for all my products that then goes to a Sony 1500 watt receiver). Basically make it into everything the Apple TV should have been. App market, ability to use phone as a controller, make it capable of running high end tegra games such as Dead Trigger or Shadowgun! Maybe even throw in a hard drive for offline usage.

  • http://twitter.com/ryocoon Kurtis Whittington

    The Q simply does too little. It can play video from 2 sources. Youtube, and Google Play. Make it into full GoogleTV so that we can get Vimeo, Netflix, Crunchyroll, HuluPlus, etc. If it was a GoogleTV device on top of being so cool looking and made in the USA, I’ld get one to possibly replace my Roku 2XS.

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Devices like these (or Google TV or Apple TV) are non-starters for me. I have a PC hooked up to my TV, and I can do everything that these devices do plus a shitload more.

    It’s a DVR, has full web (of course), can download anything, and I can even control it with my phone like the Nexus Q, and dial up anything on Spotify or in my media library. These half-assed devices that allow you to do a small fraction of the things a full-on HTPC can do need to stop. Oh, and my PC cost $450 to build, with a blu-ray drive, an HD tuner card, and a nice aluminum case, and that was 4 years ago.

    • Mark

      In many respects I agree (and am in the same boat). I want to want these devices but they generally add little to nothing over a decent HTPC. The UI would be a little more friendly but otherwise they just do so much less. The Vizio one is decent given the price so for people without an HTPC its probably a great way to start but I’d rather have a full device that at $300 or so does everything my HTPC already can (tuner+dvr, etc etc).

  • Jeremy Morrison

    Make it into a Google TV, add HDMI, remove the amp and insert a microphone, allow device mirroring, and add a Ui close to Jelly Bean with Google Now capabilities. I’d buy that at its current price point.

  • Wyveryx

    Since my system isn’t connected to my TV and if I want to watch something on my computer I’d have to drop it on my thumb drive or through my phone with the HD cable and that’s annoying.

    1. Personally I’d like to see a connectivity with a home network that way I can play my movies or music, and if I wanted to, just for giggle factor, view my desktop on my TV.2. Access to the play store and load 3rd party apps.3. Lower the price. $300 is a bit extreme considering the N7 is about that same.
    Other than that, without testing it I can’t say.

  • r0lct

    I would actually prefer a tablet interface over Google tv . Add interface, chrome and full play store and playback. Then I could see $150-200.

    • r0lct

      I would obviously love an all in one unit but media llicensing will likely dictate full play store or Google tv

  • RAZR_FANN

    Lower the price by $100 or so, and let it run any app on your phone/tablet (similar to webtop, but with an interface better suited for TV). As a result, your Android device becomes a medium for any kind of entertainment you want. Device mirroring is key because it allows people to do things like play on emulators, watch Netflix, etc.

  • Irond

    Make it more like the vizio costar! It cannot compete at its current price.

  • ricky siebold

    turn this into a nexus google tv… and then take my money. i’d even pay the high price point for a made in america gtv. done and done.

  • Sean Skeels

    A launcher with access to the app store! Use the phone is a remote. You cant use it for anything without a phone/tablet anyway really, am I right? I really like the device but it doesn’t do enough to justify $299.

  • wpscompute

    It should have full Google TV, NFC to activate device mirroring, full network content browsing and aggregation, unified search of all network and cloud accessible content with play lists. If they want to make a universal media hub, then make it work with everything, access content everywhere and with a simple interface.

  • Cameron Cox

    Google TV – Lower Price and Integreted Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

  • nightscout13

    Google TV, DLNA, and $150 price point.

  • Seth

    Makes me dinner and changes my oil.

    • picaso86

      your body oil?????

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    better price point

  • wm snyder

    Wireless rendering of any Android devices on the big screen (tv) mirror. That way I could have it All!

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    50% off original price, add Google TV and it’s all good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bestmayne Jared Muskovitz

    Price 100-150. Or, let me go back in time and pre-order a free one :-/

  • GazaIan

    Make it a Next Generation Google TV. I want Holo on my TV, and some games while we’re at it. At least throw in Google TV. Once that’s in, I’ll criticism Google TV for not being enough.

  • ericl5112

    Device Mirroring, and I’d pay $150.

    • http://twitter.com/jellydroid13 Jellydroid13

      hell if it had good device mirroring like with no to minimal lag i would pay $250 on top of being able to run apps and do everything it currently can.

  • Michael_NM

    Let me retroactively pre-order.

  • Alex

    Selling the Nexus products directly from the Play Store being out of US.

  • feartheiight

    Remove the silly built in amp to bring the price point down, add analog audio output options and add Google TV support. I would be sold right there.

    • nightscout13

      I agree. Most Audiophiles already have expensive Amps, and don’t need a lame 25 watt amp.

      • Balthazar_B

        Or they have powered speakers made to work with devices just like the Q…

        • Bsody

          If you have powered speakers, why would you want the amp? Man, you lost me at “or”

  • Delta_46

    I don’t think I need a drop of $200.
    Maybe $150.
    Even then though, it’d be a tough sale. I don’t have many parties at my house, so using it for that is out. I can play my music through so many other things, it’s kinda useless to me.

  • http://twitter.com/whoisajimmy

    App support, an xbox live type deal (like the rumored Game Center response), Google TV maybe, and mouse/mic/keyboard/video input via phone/tablet as a controller a-la Wii U, and I’m sold honestly. How could that beast NOT take over your living room?

  • kuboo99

    Let it output the android OS to the TV and bundle a bluetooth keyboard, mouse, and game controller. A

  • Evan Russo

    at $300 i want it to have an app store with Chrome. Games like tablets. Network browser for content on the network. The ability to control smart appliances like i remember reading a rumor about. Voice Control and web cam add-on. Screen sharing with android phones and tablets eventually windows, mac and linux

  • Micah Reese

    Add a 7″ screen, drop the price by $100, and call it the Nexus 7.

    • gb79

      Are you saying that instead of the sleek device that the Nexus 7 currently is, you’d rather it be a giant ball that is physically wired into other components in your house with a 7 inch screen embedded in it? Why?

      • http://www.facebook.com/JohnAbassian John Abassian

        He’s saying he’d rather a Nexus 7.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wallcouldtalk Fernando Landaverde

    Add NFC functionality. Having to download an app and sync with it via WiFi seems like a hassle. I want to just put up my phone to it and have it play stuff. It seems like most people are asking for Google TV on it. That makes sense. It could be their Nexus TV or something. It pretty much does a couple things that Google TV does, but not on its own. And $300? To watch YouTube and listen to my music? No thanks. I can just plug my tablet in to my TV. Much simpler. I’m sad this thing didn’t offer much. I initially wanted one, but after I realized that Google TV was better and for a fraction of the price, I’ve decided I don’t need one. I have YouTube and Netflix on my XBox. That’s good enough for me.

    • Micah Reese

      It does have NFC functionality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.warne Tim Warne

    Cut the price in half & add a display or ticker that shows what & who is connected maybe even add in the news & weather app of theirs or sports scores.

  • jaybar

    cut the price by $200

  • http://twitter.com/trsohmers Thomas Sohmers

    It should be a fully hackable/modifiable Google TV device… It is pretty crazy that a separate division of Google is responsible for the Android based Google TV software, and Google releases an in house product that doesn’t run that TV optimized software. These current (2nd) generation Google TV devices are much better than the 1st generation, and the Q is great hardware for it.

  • JosephMoreno

    Simple, either make it a Google TV, or make it bring up the jelly bean Tablet interface when plugged in. Add some internal storage and let play my local content, then lower the price to $99-$199

  • iWebDroidBerry7

    Make it like an Apple Tv, and give Android a AirPlay/SmartGlass competitor.

    • ericl5112

      It already has a smartglass competitor in a way. Smartglass only lets you play Zune content, just like the Q only lets you play Google content. It needs an Airplay competitor.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    Yes!!! Add in video streaming of user files with a boat load of Codecs, add Google TV, and make it into a server that it is accessible outside of a firewall and I will buy the device at its current price. They could partner with Boxee and have the thing running in a couple of weeks.

  • edmicman

    It really has to be cheaper and have Google TV. Or keep the same price and throw in a TV tuner and ability to record to USB or network storage.

    What does the Q offer me that I can’t do better with Boxee, Revue, XBMC, or any of the other newer Google TV stuff?

    • nightscout13

      it’s “Made in USA” – this (LOL)

    • Droidzilla

      An amp and optional, matched speakers. This is probably not only part of why it’s so expensive, but also part of why it’ll fail until a hardware refresh. The Nexus Q is too many things in the wrong places and too few things in the right places for mass appeal.

  • jjrudey

    They can’t

  • ERIFNOMI


    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.”
    Opps. Google TV set-top box. That’s not a sentence.

    Anyway, I don’t have any use for one now, but If I had a house, then I could understand getting one. In fact, I know someone who could use one of these. They have a deck with some outdoor speakers (plus a sub so maybe this isn’t ideal). Now they have a car stereo head unit rigged inside a watertight cabinet with a DC power supply. It looks nice, but this would be even better for sending music too (since they also use Android phones). I might have to mention it to them.

    • tyguy829

      Read it it again…its is a perfectly legitimate sentence.

      • ERIFNOMI

        Yes it is. I was reading the last period in U.S.A. as an end-of-sentence full stop. I just got back from a run, you’ll have to excuse me. I’ve also cut out caffeine :’(

    • Droidzilla

      Just so you know, “opps” isn’t a word.

      • ERIFNOMI

        I meant oops. Like I said in my comment below (that is now hidden on the second wave of comments), I was pretty out of it.

        • Droidzilla

          Glass houses, stones; all that stuff.

          • ERIFNOMI

            Not sure that really applies. Sorry about the typo.

  • GSAI

    I would re-consider it strongly if it only had an added Google TV-esque UI and full Play Store access.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28e4cFHVqE&context=C400d214ADvjVQa1PpcFOiLGlDqf2sJr2k4TNISoJzm8bFM7wgYKU= TheAndroid1

    Load it up with Google TV and somehow let me use it as a DVR which will automatically allow me to stream recordings straight to my Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus!

    Also let me stream any audio from my phone like Airplay.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    Make it $99. That’s the pricepoint.

    • Wongjo

      U mean $68. So we can 68 it

      • http://twitter.com/garagelogician Jeff C

        Why not $71 so we can 71 it?

  • ddevito

    Turn it into Google TV 2.0 and drop it to $99.

    Oh, and make it not suck.

  • Dustin Wen

    Lower the price by 200 bucks and add in Google TV

    • palomosan

      At $150 with Google TV, I’ll jumping in.

      • moelsen8

        i second this. with google tv built in, i’d probably bite for $150.

        then for the next gen google tv/nexus q, buy out ouya and throw that in. that would be a pretty freakin awesome device.

        • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

          I would go for $200 even if it had Gtv, device mirroring, and a great remote/controller

          • michael arazan

            I don’t think it would have enough storage for dvr functions for the google tv, the new boxes for gtv will have up to 2 terabytes of recordable memory. Also kellex in his review made it sound like you would have to have one in every room with a tv. and gtv through fiber will offer 7 boxes, so orbs for every room at $300 a pop could be pricey

      • Wongjo

        Put a Apple logo on!

        • paladaxar

          troll. lol.

        • http://twitter.com/TLawlor83 Tim Lawlor

          an*

        • CopierITGuy

          Sadly, @7713a9a34ed3204e01c1c06f35d72e6b:disqus , if it had AN Apple logo on it, millions of frickin’ idiots (sheeple) would buy this thing (as is) and tout it as the greatest invention that Apple has ever created (stolen)! They would sell their first-born child to have something that is overpriced and doesn’t do half of what their last shiny, new device from the Great Fruit did. I don’t get it…

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            Are you saying you wouldn’t buy this?!? lol

            http://i.imgur.com/OJxZ1.jpg

          • Droidzilla

            Give me your Q, Tim, and I promise it’ll get used more than 5 times. Heck, I’d use the thing daily!

            I think it’s actually a great device for what it is, but not many need the functionality of it. There’s not a huge market for a nice decor media streamer that does YouTube and Google Music from any Android device and has a matched amp and speaker combo. If this thing had GTV baked in, local storage, could stream from a network PC/Mac/Linux box, and/or some nice apps (even just ones that improve the user experience without adding a huge amount of functionality), then it would probably be wanted by at least a greater number of people if not the general public at large. Any of those could be had with simple software fixes.

            Now, if I were advising Google, I would say it needs a hardware change. Add all of the software stuff I said up top, then ditch the amp, add an HDD, and make it able to have a pass-through HDMI at least and you’d have a solid seller.

            Imagine: the Nexus Q’s awesome form factor and it runs as a local and cloud media streamer and GTV unit (including DVR capabilities) as well as costing less (since the amp portion would be axed, and I’m reasonably certain that an HDD would be cheaper than the amp). They could even offer SSD variants for more money for the set that needs the quickest of the quick; though I should think that HDD would be best under current prices and memory restrictions.

            Do it, Google!

    • NeedName

      I would buy it at $300 (made in USA) with same features + Google TV. . . . just make it high quality to last and add a SoC that is current, not two years old.

    • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

      That, exactly.

  • Craig Pardue

    Drop the price some. At this point, its still just a “new gadget” to me. Convince me that I want a few to spread around the house and I’ll bite!