Google appears to be working on a sequel to its ill-fated Nexus Q streaming device. The Nexus Q debuted at last year’s I/O Developers Conference with limited capabilities and a premium price tag that eventually led to Google postponing the project. But a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission has revealed a mysterious Google-built device that “functions as a media player” and could be a revamped Q. Little is known about the device, although it is equipped with support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and was connected to a Dell 24-inch monitor for testing, giving further evidence that it is a potential Nexus Q sucessor. The device is known as the “H840 device” and features the model number H2G2-42, a reference to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Google’s I/O Developers Conference is scheduled to take place later this week and expectations are as high as ever for the annual event. There have been a flurry of reports that have suggested that we could see a variety of new products and services being announced at the event. One device that won’t be making an appearance, however, is the Nexus Q. According to a report from AllThingsD, Google’s ill-fated streaming device that debuted at last year’s event will not be relaunched at this year’s show. The Nexus Q was initially criticized for its $299 price tag and limited capabilities. Google eventually decided to postpone the launch of the device to “work on making it even better,” although we have heard little about it since. Google’s I/O Developers Conference is set to kick off on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Unlike the Q in the James Bond films, the Google (GOOG) Nexus Q won’t have a very long shelf life. Ars Technica reports that Google’s spherical streaming entertainment hub, unveiled just over a month ago at Google I/O, is being shelved indefinitely as Google says it needs time to make the product “even better.” Customers who preordered their Nexus Qs can rest easy, however, because Google says it will send them preview versions of the device free of charge, and anyone still interested in the Nexus Q can sign up for updates over on Google’s Nexus website. More →
Google unveiled the Nexus Q streaming device at its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. For a media device, the Nexus Q has surprisingly good specs, featuring a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 CPU, the same chip found inside the Galaxy Nexus. The Q is also equipped with a Power VR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Less than 12 hours after the Nexus Q was announced, Philippe Hausler, an Android app developer, managed to get the Android game Swords and Soldiers to load on the device. The game won’t actually run, but Hausler’s efforts highlight the flexibility and potential of the Nexus Q. More →
During its annual I/O Developer Conference on Wednesday, Google announced the Nexus Q. The device is labeled as a “social streaming media player” that can stream entertainment from Google Play and YouTube to different speakers and television sets. The Nexus Q can be controlled by an Android smartphone or tablet running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher and will be available for $299.99 in the next 2 to 3 weeks. A video of the Nexus Q follows below. More →