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Could the Nexus Q See a Rebirth at This Year’s I/O? New Report Says No

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One of the bigger surprises to come out of last year’s I/O keynote was the announcement of the Nexus Q. The spherical entertainment system was meant to bring Android and Google Play right into your living room, but for the price of $300 many weren’t sure if it was worth it for what it did. After only a month of sale, Google put the Q on hold indefinitely and now with I/O coming up again, rumors are contradicting each other over whether or not the Q might be given a second life. 

Today, AllThingsD published a story  that has sources familiar with the matter saying that the device will not be seeing any press this year. However, everything that we have been hearing from sources says that the Q will be getting some sort of re-vamp at this year’s I/O. Hints of a link to Google’s new Gaming service and maybe even a shape change could give the Q a second life if Google does it right, but we will have to wait until I/O to see.

What would it take for you to be interested in the Nexus Q?

Via: AllThingsD

  • TheBigNoob

    The Google TV team said to expect a significant update at I/O, wouldn’t be surprised if the Q or something similar gets thrown back in the mix.

  • I would love a Google TV with that Design. Also throw in Miracast Support and throw away the stereo amp.

  • Ben

    maybe if it wasn’t a sphere…

  • I can believe it. Its functionally should be part of Google TV and it already is, somewhat.

    I have a Q and love it but it pricey and somewhat limited in functionality. I used it primarily for YouTube on my non-smart TV. It was great althoug lately it seemed to struggle playing HD youtube videos smoothly. I got an ASUS Cube and it does most of what I want. The fact that its a pass thru device between my tv and DirecTV receiver is great. I can play youtube right away without having to switch inputs and doing so from my android youtube app is fast and seamless. And being able to search the web while playing live TV in the background is very handy. Although the IR blaster of the Cube is garbage. It needs to be able to control the DirecTV receiver over ethernet or wifi.

  • Rabid Rotty

    Yeah a revamped Q would be nice and all, but what good is it for me, since Canada doesn’t have the Google Music Services? If I could physicly download my music to it maybe would be nice

  • JMonkeYJ

    it’s difficult to imagine a situation where i would be interested in the Q, but game center has vague potential.

  • V.A. N.

    WHY? Google is making a huge mistake if they don’t try to revitalize Nexus Q.

    LOL…just kidding.

  • Damnit, this is what I was secretly hoping for. Give me a new Q, Google.

  • I would like it if it connected to all of Google’s Services and also provided a speedy processor.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    I’d be happy with Google TV, Miracast, and easy multiple user support. Also, keep it under $200.

    • Kevin Lauscher

      $200 would not beat an apple TV. They have to hit $99 point in order to be viable.

      • $150 would be viable IF they can prove that their solution is >50% better than AppleTV. Support for Android and iOS, 802.11ac, NFC pairing, MiraCast/WiDi support would go a looooong way towards that goal. Heck just being universal between iOS and Android would be insanely attractive.

      • lgreg64

        the Q’s cost was do to being made in the USA. to get around your price they will need to make it somewhere else.

      • Price isn’t the only factor. If it does more, it can cost more.

  • Derek Lockovich

    To everyone that has commented thus far, this device should be a brand new device. It is no longer just an audio streamer anymore.

    In a perfect world, Google will realize this thing needs to be Google TV with Miracast/DLNA support that also supports BT controllers as well as using your phone as a BT controller as well as moderate storage for App/Game installs. I believe there could be a possibility of this being almost like an Ouya since they’re unveiling their Play Games service.

    Only time will tell.

    Also, I think this new report is basing it’s facts off of Pichai’s Q&A that’s been floating around on the net today. We have no way of knowing what’s going to be at the I/O this year unless someone leaks a whole ton of info.

    • Shane Redman

      I hope you’re right, guy

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  • EvanTheGamer

    Let’s hope not. Google needs to use their resources on other things that are far more worthy than the failure that is the Nexus Q.

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  • Kevin Lauscher

    Needs to hit the $99 pricepoint and have miracast support (or some kind of airplay equivilent)

  • Lol this could totally be an ouya-killer if it shipped with Google Play games support, good pricepoint and a controller.

    • I won’t buy any if they don’t start supporting apps at higher resolutions

      • 4n1m4L

        Higher than?

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          I won’t buy unless it has 8K 120fps support 😀

          • No no. 16K 360fps.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Wonder how far we are from that….3 years?

          • Probably. At a price point of 5.5 million dollars.

          • cortesjues

            That would be a beautifully smooth game =)

          • Dylan Patel

            No wires can even support that….

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            If you run 2 HDMI cables, similar to SLI or CrossFire-X you can achieve this. Current HDMI cables support 4k. So 2 of them can support 8K.

          • Dylan Patel

            Current HDMI can support 4k at 24 HZ. That is not exactly too good. You would need 3 just to get the 60HZ…

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            3 would be 72Hz. Also, I think you can bump up the Hz if you have MIMO HDMI.

          • Dylan Patel

            I know, but no content (outside in theater movies, but that is 27ish HZ with 8k or worse for some movies) is 4k at above 60HZ

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            3D requires 120Hz, imagine gaming in 8K

          • Dylan Patel

            4 SLI Titans couldn’t even push that.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Yes, they could actually. Even cheaper cards can do it. 4 GTX460’s can do it. If each DVI-D cable carries 1920×1080 120Hz, then all you need is 8 DVI-D ports. Done. Four 460’s can handle 8 DVI-D connections. They would not be able to handle any intense gaming, but medium settings will work. If you have 4 TITAN’s, guaranteed to work. 8K means 8 times the resolution of 1080P

        • Most don’t support 1080p. Mostly need to for the Nexus 10 also.

          • That’s a development/hardware issue though, which is likely being addressed with 4.3 and the rumored inclusion of OpenGL ES3.0 support. That will give developers the ability to more easily support high-res gaming, and coupled with the also-rumored gaming advances, could really be the shot Android has needed to be a serious (well, more serious) gaming platform.

          • I am happy now.

    • EvanTheGamer

      LOL! You’re hilarious.

      • Thanks, I do birthday parties and bar-mitzvahs.

        • EvanTheGamer

          I’ll be sure to hire you when my Birthday rolls around.



      Really? How would it be a ouya-killer, if the price tag is 3 times higher?

      • Re-read my comment, I said if it had a good pricepoint.

        • michael arazan

          I think it should of been more like Android on a stick and would basically turn your tv into an Android device allowing you to access all apps, media, games with a controller/ key board. If they did that, everyone would have one, but it would of killed their tablet sales a little

          • Battery life becomes an issue at that point, Im assuming you are talking about what would essentially be a HDMI male end flash drive that you just plug into your tv.

  • jasdempsey

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