Google Quietly Kills Its Nexus Q Streaming Box
After launching to mixed reviews and slow sales, Google may have finally put its Nexus Q streaming media player out to pasture. As discovered by SlashGear, the set-top box — or, more accurately, orb — is listed as “no longer available” on Google Play. Of course, the Nexus Q has been listed as out of stock for months, but the recent change suggests that its current incarnation has been banished to the pages of history.
For those unfamiliar, the Nexus Q was introduced in June at Google I/O as an Android-based Apple TV alternative, giving users the ability to feed music, movies, and television from their smartphone or tablet to their home entertainment center. Shortly after its announcement, Google refunded pre-order customers and removed the device from sale due to overwhelming criticism from the media, which cited its high cost and limited functionality.
But the big question remains: is the Nexus Q gone for good? We’ll just have to wait until Google I/O returns to San Francisco in May.
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By Scott Lowe