updated 06:59 pm EDT, Tue July 31, 2012
Google to add new features
Google's Nexus Q media streamer is heading back to the factory for retooling. The search giant turned hardware manufacturer is delaying delaying the consumer launch of the Nexus Q in order to add features to the device. Wired reports, though, that those who had already pre-ordered the device will be receiving their Nexus Q units for free and on schedule.
The Nexus Q streams music from Google Music as well as content from Google Play and YouTube. Users can control the device using a tablet or smartphone running Android 2.3 or higher.
The device debuted to middling reviews, as technology writers praised its industrial design and power, but found it needlessly hobbled by Google's content restrictions. Still, the device debuted to strong initial sales, exhausting Google's supply within 24 hours of its release.
Google hasn't revealed what features it will be adding to the Nexus Q for its future re-release. The device certainly has the power to accomplish more than its official feature set. Within a few hours of its debut at Google I/O, developers had hacked the Nexus Q to run Android games, though the games were unplayable due to the device's lack of an input method.