Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Google Delays Music

The Web-search giant said Tuesday it will delay the launch of its Nexus Q music- and video-streaming device that it manufactured in the U.S. to "work on making it even better."
imageThe $299 home-entertainment device was unveiled in June as the first hardware designed and marketed by Google, which is based in Mountain View, Calif. It was supposed to ship in July to consumers who preordered it from the Google Play Web store.

On Tuesday, Google sent an email to people who preordered the device, saying that it "heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today." So the company said it would "postpone" the launch.

It didn't disclose the possible future date for the launch.
The Nexus Q, a black orb that looks somewhat like a Magic 8-ball, was internally designed and manufactured in the U.S., a departure from recent industry norms in consumer electronics.
It was designed to stream music and videos from Google's YouTube video service and its Play service. The product is seen as competing against devices such as Apple Inc.'sApple TV and Sonos Inc.'s home-audio system.
Several reviewers of the device said the Nexus Q cost more than its rivals but had fewer features.
Google also is designing and developing Google Glass, its second hardware effort and the product of a unit called the Google X lab. The eyeglasses-like device displays information from the Internet and a user's surroundings in a tiny lens over the right eye.
Google recently closed its acquisition of Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola Mobility and will also manufacture consumer electronics through that unit.

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