Google Must Delay the Nexus Q, but Customers Who Pre-Ordered Will get it Free!

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  1. dgstorm

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    Here's a bit of news from last night that we didn't quite get to yesterday. Apparently, Google has decided to put the Nexus Q Media-Hub Globe on hold in order to implement some new and improved features. Obviously, this could potentially make a ton of folks who pre-ordered the device a bit angry, but Google has them covered in a big way. Google boldly shared that anyone who pre-ordered the device will be receiving the newly updated version for FREE! This is unprecedented in consumer electronics. I've been in this industry a long time, and I have seen some crazy things to keep customer's happy, but never have I seen a company just give their stuff away. Here's a copy of Google's email to pre-order customers,

    What's especially cool about this is the reason why they are delaying the device. Apparently, Google listened to all the feedback about the small feature-set and limited capabilities of the device, and they are taking it back to the engineers in order to make it do more stuff! They didn't specify what new features they will be adding, but it will be exciting to see the final result, especially for folks who preordered it.

    Thanks for the tip, Zane_Grey!

    Source: Wired
     
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    Google does technology, business and customer service the correct way. There are a lot of companies who need to follow the example set by Google. *COUGHAPPLECOUGH*

    WIth that said, this is a pretty interesting device, I wouldn't mind getting one and checking it out.
     
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    wow thats customer service there. i have one of the free chrome books they were handing out a year or so ago.
     
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    Why oh why didn't I pre-order :p
     
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    That's awesome.. and I agree.. Google is setting a great example.... economically for them though, its like giving away a quarter... lol.
     
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    Same thing i'm asking myself. Of course, I have bad luck. Had I pre-ordered i'd have been stuck paying for it. And i'm not even sure what I would do with it.
     
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    Sounds like to me they are getting the "preview model", but still, that's what they thought they were buying in the first place. That is awesome!! A preview model for free is better than the upgrade months later. They can still upgrade (purchase) to the one that come's out later, if they choose. Probably have a lot of the "originals" sitting around anyways.

    I base this conjecture on statements: "...we’d like to extend the Nexus Q preview to our pre-order customers..." and "Your Nexus Q will be on its way soon..."
     
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    Nope. They are getting the fully upgraded model. All of the shipments were stopped before they went out in order to enhance the devices. More than likely the extra features will all be software anyway. Likely Google is adding more content and multimedia capability to flesh out the device a bit more.
     
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    It is pretty awesome that Google is doing this, I am impressed.
     
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    It's probably impossible to say/know today whether:

    - THE NEXUS Q will be the GREATEST DEVICE EVER!!!! It will REVOLUTIONIZE TV!!!

    or

    - The Nexus Q will flop faster than the Logitech Revue

    But whichever happens, I'm sure hindsight will be 20/20. :biggrin:

    I wouldn't call this a "prediction" or a "bet", but based on how internet-connected TV devices have fared so far -- and given Google hasn't solved the REAL problem, which is how to pretty much get all the networks to show their stuff for free -- I'd hazard the guess that it will cause a few ripples like Apple TV did, but probably languish and get quietly shelved before XMAS 2013.

    -Matt

    PS I'm not sure I believe any of what I just wrote. I'm just massively depressed (and mad at myself) that I didn't preorder. Or I mean, I did preorder. I just did it in my head. :blink:
     
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    HMMM.... I think the jury is still out on that!:icon_eek:

    While I could find several stories supporting your statement, I could find about the same amount reiterating my guess. Most stories said nothing about which model and left the interpretation of Google's E-mail to the reader.

    Example: From Gizmag: "The company has sent out an email to anyone who has already pre-ordered the Nexus Q, saying that it has “decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it better.” Google will also be sending them the existing model Nexus Q at no cost. The company presumably already has enough in the pipeline to fill the number of pre-orders."

    From TechCrunch: "Thankfully, there’s a silver lining to be found here: anyone who already pre-ordered the Nexus Q will receive a developer unit (a.k.a. the existing device that Google gave out in droves at I/O) for free. Seeing how the developer device is exactly what those customers pre-ordered in the first place, I’d say they’re making out pretty nicely."

    I could also just as easily post directs quotes which support your statement, but for brevity, I won't. I could not find any statements from Google clarifying this point. The verdict sounds like it is only a couple weeks away, when those lucky enough to pre-order start receiving them. That would not be ME!!:biggrin:
     
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    OK, hold the presses. Are they getting ONE DEVICE -- new, improved, and shipped later, plus no charge/refund for preordering -- or are they getting A DEVELOPER device sooner, followed by the CONSUMER device later, and being charged for 1 instead of 2????

    The first quote sounds like they're getting 2 for the price of 1. Which isn't nearly as awesome as getting 1 for the price of 0! LOL

    -Matt