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Nexus Q Now 100% a Paper Weight, New Play Movies Update Kills Off Pairing

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During this year’s Google I/O, the fate of the original Nexus Q seems to have been signed, sealed and delivered – it’s likely not coming back (though we’re still slightly crossing fingers). A new one wasn’t announced nor did Google announce new software or an update for the original that was introduced in 2012. It was indeed a sad day for those of us who actually used the half-baked-media-center-glowing-bowling ball. 

If the absence at I/O wasn’t enough though, the news got worse once the newly announced Google Play Music app (from I/O) was released to the world as it broke pairing with the Q. So even though we didn’t get an update or new hardware, up until the release of this new music app, one could still use the Q as a music or movie streaming device. But again, the new music app broke that side of the device, leaving us with movie and video streaming only. Well, until today.

A new Play Movies update has been released, and sure enough, it breaks pairing with the Q. This would be the new Play Movies that matches up in styling to the rest of the new Play apps, something we are actually happy about since the last version was somewhat of an eye-sore. But now that it breaks the Q, part of us is slightly saddened. If you are familiar with how Nexus Q pairing works, you’ll notice that in the top-right screenshot, that the Play icon is gone, which was previously used to toggle between your phone and the Q.

R.I.P. Nexus Q. (For now, until this Google-made media device is released.)

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And if it’s not live for you yet, you can download it here.

Cheers 4n1m4l!

  • jab416171

    Not quite 100%, you can still send youtube videos to it.

  • Mordy Festinger

    Where are your personal movies on this update ? I can’t seem to find it!

  • Jason Kahn

    Anyone notice how poorly the TV seasons are laid out. I have three season of mythbusters. Instead of quickly picking a season, if I want to watch an episode from season 12 I have to scroll through 30 or so episodes.

    If someone has found an easier way please let me know.

  • MK17

    I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish Google would step up on the TV front. I still use my Google TV and love it, even though it is a little slow. The Nexus Q abilities should be awesome. Could you imagine your own personal juke box where people can add whatever music they please, or when everyone is sharing youtube videos, etc.. The ability to have your calls or texts pop up on your TV (if you want). The ability to use the Google TV as a hub for your media so that it can be accessed on any device over Wifi.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      I was able to pick up a Revu on ebay for $25. i love it for YouTube playlist thing. Its not that great, limited apps, but it does do that one thing well and it’s worth it for that imo.

  • Bill Hill

    RIP little orb

  • phxman75

    Still hoping they’ll decide to make their media apps compatible with Roku. Especially with the demise of the Q.

  • Brandon Golway

    Well that sucks! Not that I have one but now it is almost truly useless for those that do have it. It was a nice looking device and had a lot of potential but it was way too expensive for the little functionality it offered. I would have gotten one and thrown XBMC on it because it looks a hell of a lot better than my Odroid-U2.

  • Jason Parr

    Well that pretty much sucks! Guess I will no longer make purchases on Google play. Watching movies on my tablet is not what I do. The q is hooked up to my 65″ TV. There may not be a bunch of folks with it but now there is zero reason to have it. I like using it to stream YouTube as well but I assume a future update will take that function out too. Kind of dumb!

    • Travillion

      Another imperfect solution, but my Google TV works great for streaming all my Google media (music, rented/purchased shows, Youtube, etc.) through my TV/entertainment center. Who knows how long Google will continue to support that platform, but for now I’m happy :)

  • Chris

    The problem is it had no interface. You used your phone/tablet to interact with it and for the regular joe thats an issue.

    • Jordan

      No. The problem is it was 453324234 dollars. I know all kinds of people who use their Apple TV with nothing but Airplay.

      If this was $99 & worked system wide how Airplay does(can even mirror the screen/sound)… I think this would have been a big hit for them. I still hope Google comes up with something similar soon.

      • Chris Hollenbeck

        $453,324,234

        Four hundred fifty-three million, three hundred twenty four thousand, two hundred thirty four dollars.

        No idea why I felt it was unnecessary to type that out.

        • Jordan

          I couldn’t remember how much it costed exactly, so i figured i’d just throw out a ridiculously high number & play it off like it was on purpose. *cough

    • sindeslroyer

      The interface was the same interface on the phone, nothing difficult about it.

  • TrevorKai

    I MIGHT HAVE ADOPTED IF IT WERE CHEAPER, BUT NOW I’M GLAD I DIDN’T. I WOULD BE THE MOST UNPROUD OWNER OF A $200.00 PAPERWEIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY.

    • Jordan

      It was free.

      • TrevorKai

        WAS IT NOW. I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT I HAD TO PURCHASE A NEXUS Q. . .

        • Col_Angus

          They refunded all purchases when they started dropping support for it.

        • bvgillis

          Calm down man, no reason to get so upset that you start yelling at everyone.

          There will be another free paperweight eventually…….

          • TrevorKai

            LOL I’M NOT UPSET OR ANYTHING I JUST TYPE IN ALL CAPS. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT THEY REFUNDED THE MONEY USED TO PURCHASE THE DEVICE DUE TO LACK OF SUPPORT SO SHOUT OUT TO @COL_ANGUS FOR THE INFO. I GUESS ALL I HAVE TO SAY NOW IS GOOD LUCK WITH THE PAPER WEIGHT. (TO THOSE WHO ARE USING IT OR NOT USING IT. . . IDK).

          • mechapathy

            You need to cool it on the awesome button.

          • http://shwetank-shukla.blogspot.com/ Shwetank Shukla

            dude, ALL CAPS=Not cool.

          • TrevorKai

            I’ll keep that in mind!!! I didn’t know it was so frowned upon to type in all caps!!! Thanks Shwetank Shulka for showing me how to be a bit “cooler” when commenting on droid-life!!!

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            I see it’s your first day on the internet.

          • TrevorKai

            No, not at all. The psychology of internet interactions are very fascinating to say the least. Nice Helmet though. You excited for the new Halo on the Xbox One?

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            I was being sarcastic. Most people all caps is annoying to others because its more difficult to read.
            Thanks, took forever to make. Sorta, I kind of got burnt out on halo back on Reach. I did play Spartan Assault at E3. It was pretty fun, going to be a good tablet/phone game.

          • TrevorKai

            You made it to E3!!! This one definitely the biggest one in years! I wish I had the time/money to go one. I’ve never been a huge Halo fan, but I have plenty respect for the Halo universe and how it has elevated the Xbox and Mircrosoft brands. Honestly I’m excited for Killer Instinct. I’ve loved that game as a child and I have high expection for this Xbox One Exclusive!

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            I love the story and universe. There’s lots of background information and its well though out. The books are great. I even suggest them to non-gamers because they are simply good sci-fi books.
            I used to be xbox fan but I’ve moved on to pc. its nice to be above the console wars and not have to worry all the speculation or backwards comparability stuff. They kind of ruined the xbone when they removed the DRM imo. It was way cooler with its cloud stuff. It had features that ps4 didnt have. Now they are nearly the same console. No variety.

          • TrevorKai

            yeah, that may be true, but Microsoft was just considering the input and feedback of the community and it’s nice that and corporation of that maginitude would consider that drastic of a change.

            As for myself, I’ve been neck-deep in everything Gears Of War, until Judgement. That game was trash.

          • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

            Lol about the “I just type in all caps”

        • Chris Hollenbeck
  • irtechneo

    Has this device not been rooted or no ROMS created? I havent checked XDA as I dont have one myself so I was curious if anyone knew. Usually the developer community comes to the rescue for these sorts of things.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      CM was thrown on it, but I think it had all sorts of broken parts.

      • irtechneo

        Got ya. That is unfortunate for anyone that has one of these.

  • Geoff Johnson

    If Google ever releases a monthly streaming service for their TV and Movie service I’ll sign up, but I refuse to rent a movie on a per-movie/show fee, especially when services like Netflix and Hulu are so much cheaper.

    • Priorities

      The problem I find with Netflix/Hulu is they don’t have any of the recent movies. $3-4 per rental from Amazon is a hell of a lot cheaper than a BluRay or going to the movies.

      • Geoff Johnson

        True, but you can only watch it once, at least with Netflix I can take a gamble on a movie that may or may not be good, and at the end I just wasted my time – rather than waste $4 on renting it.

        • Priorities

          Yeah, I am rather discerning with which movies to rent. It’s a great option if you and a couple of friends want to see some movie you know was decent (imdb, rottentomatoes) when there isn’t an option to see it through a sub. As an upside you saved $10+ in movie tickets per person.

          • Geoff Johnson

            I’m just hoping for a Play Music All Access type service for TV and movies :)

          • Priorities

            That would be slick! I am enjoying the Music offering, and if Google could work an agreement for movies with the studios, they’d have my soul basically.

      • michael arazan

        BlockBuster by mail, new movies the day they come out, i rent 10 movies a month with the 2 at a time. 3 movies a month is breaking even with the price so the rest is gravy. TV shows you can just watch online for free

        • Priorities

          I’ve been seeing BlockBuster promote their online stuff, but haven’t given them a chance yet. That sounds interesting though!

  • Blue Sun

    I still have hope that this will see the light of day. I’m hoping for 2014.

  • Kyle Miller

    Never understood why you guys liked this thing.

    • 4n1m4L

      You never tried one.

      • Kyle Miller

        Nah. Didn’t appeal to me I guess.

        • LiterofCola

          You’re not the only one.

      • Alexander Anteneh

        it was free though right? free paper weight? not bad

    • johanna rodrigues

      @Loise, you make $27h…good for you! I make up to $85h working from home. My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $45h to $85h…heres a good example of what i’m doing, http://www.Pro67.com

      • greg

        Go kill yourself

    • Truth

      One word: google. Take a dump in a box, put a google logo on it, DL commenters will rave over it. OMG so much better than —-!

      • descendency

        It was free to those that pre-ordered because it was so widely criticized.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Considering it was free to everybody unless you bought one off someone it was expected

    • 4n1m4L

      Expected?