Google Nexus Q

The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

It's rare to see a genuine surprise at a big event like Google I/O, but the Nexus Q was exactly that. There were virtually no hints of Google's mysterious, glowing orb until hours before the show, but its announcement raised more questions than answers. What does it actually do? Why does it cost $300? Can it double as a shot put?

Unfortunately for Google, the answer was the Nexus Q really didn't do much, except serve up a pretty LED light show. The device was such a flop, Google quickly discontinued it and sent pre-orderers a Nexus Q for free. (Makes for a great paperweight these days.) The Nexus Q was yet another misstep in Google's attempt to get a foothold in the living room, crashing even harder than the continually sputtering Google TV. If there's any silver lining for Google, at least Google Fiber seems cool.

For more on this story, see our full review of the Nexus Q.

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