Google Shelved the Nexus Q….Good Riddance
This week Google pressed the brakes on the Nexus Q, pulling it from the Play Store until further notice. Google stated the reason behind halting the Nexus Q, is they were working on “making it even better”. This is probably the smartest thing Google could have done with the Nexus Q, as it is quite underwhelming in its current state. At the time Google pulled the Nexus Q, it was only capable of streaming media via the Play Store or Youtube, not exactly impressive for a device that costs $300. It seems to me that Google did not take very much time in planning out the Nexus Q and its features. Apparently, Google thought consumers would be fine with buying an overpriced, handicapped media player, but quickly found out that is not the case. At a $300 price point, I expect my media player to have access to Netflix, Crackle, Pandora, games, and also feature a full browser. To put it in perspective, Vizio just released a media player that has more features than the Nexus Q, and costs 1/3 as much ($99). The Nexus Q has no place in the market until it packs more useful features. Even if the Nexus Q is re-released with features similar to the Roku or Vizio’s new media player, it still won’t be anything special. If the Nexus Q is going to standout, it’s going to have to be more than just a basic media player, especially at $300.