So, the Nexus Q Sort of Still Lives, Gets Unofficial Kit Kat Build

That big, beautiful, overpriced, never-could-do-much-before-Google-killed-it-anyway, sexy orb-ish ball sitting at the top of this post isn’t quite dead yet. The Nexus Q does indeed unofficially live on for the couple of thousand people who still own them or at least have one sitting around the house being put to use as a weighted object. Thanks to developers, an “unofficial” build of Kit Kat (Android 4.4) “based on CM11 from repo sync” has been ported over to the device. Yes, Kit Kat on the Nexus Q!  (more…)

WSJ: Google is Developing a New Nexus Q, Gaming Console and Google Watch

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According to a report out of the Wall Street Journal, Google has plans to introduce an Android gaming console of their own, along with new model of the Nexus Q and a smartwatch. Wait, that sort of sounds familiar? That’s right, because just before I/O, sources of ours said that Google was indeed working on a new version of the Nexus Q with a “gaming focus.” We were also told at that time that a watch was in the works, possibly even already on the wrists of select Google employees, but that it wouldn’t arrive for some time. As you all know now, neither appeared at Google I/O, so their status became a question mark. Seeing both appear in a story at the WSJ is always a good sign, though.  (more…)

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.  (more…)

New Media Streaming Device Made by Google Hits FCC, Please be a New Nexus Q

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A new device made by Google recently made its way through the hands of the FCC with model number H2G2-42, product name of “H840 DEVICE,” and a description that says it “functions as a media player.” Yes, a media player. This new device is powered by an external source (AC adapter), so it’s likely not a smartphone or tablet, can connect via WiFi over 802.11 b/g/n, and has the ability to be hooked up to a display. So what is it? The FCC filing only gives us what I just listed, so it’s tough to tell. One thing we do know is that Google made a media streaming device last year with all of these characteristics, which you may be familiar with as the Nexus Q(more…)

Nexus Q Officially “Incompatible” With Latest Version of Google Music (Updated)

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Not only did we not get a new version of the Nexus Q yesterday at Google I/O, but to make matters worse, anyone who has one of the original versions from last year has found that they can no longer use the media center with the newest version of Google Music. Once the new version of music has been installed on your phone, there isn’t an option to switch over to the Q. That’s right, the number one reason to own a Q is now not even an option.  (more…)

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.  (more…)

Google I/O 2013 Predictions, Speculation, and Rumors: New Nexus Q, Android 4.3, Chrome Dongle, New Gmail, and More

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Google I/O 2013 is next week. Hard to believe, right? It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were freaking out as the Nexus 7, Nexus Q and Jelly bean (Android 4.1) were all being unveiled through Google Play as we were entering the day 1 keynote of 2012′s I/O. But here we are, almost a year removed from that event and six months out from Google’s cancelled winter event that was supposed to feature the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, new version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2), and an updated HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7. So as we approach next week, we thought we should drop some of our own predictions, include a few rumors that are floating about, and even a few whispers that have entered our inbox over the last week or so.

Ready? Here is our list of Google I/O predictions.  (more…)

Nexus Q Back From the Dead Already, CyanogenMod Releases First Nightly Build

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After what seemed like an apparent last call for the Nexus Q from Google, the CyanogenMod team pulled a Pet Sematary and have brought new life to the orb. But is it true that sometimes, dead is better? The nightly build for the device, codenamed steelhead, brings the Nexus Q to Android 4.2.1 and adds actual use for the device such as access to apps and things of that nature. Why Google didn’t do this in the first place is still beyond us.  (more…)