Yesterday, the news surfaced that the Nexus Q would be delayed so as to make it better. However, there was no information on when this media streamer would be available as there was only a vague message stating that customers who preordered it, will be informed once their devices were shipped. It appears that Google has worked its magic once again and has already started shipping the free devices to those who have preordered the Nexus Q media streamer.
As per a report by Engadget, one of the consumers who preordered the device has informed that Google messaged him stating the device has been shipped. The website then contacted Google to verify this information and it confirmed it to be true. As of now, the website mentions that this new and improved Nexus Q media streamer is available only to US customers and there is still no word on when it will be released to the rest of the world.
Free Nexus Q devices being shipped
For those who aren't familiar with the Nexus Q, this media streamer is powered by an OMAP4460 (dual ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs and SGX540 GPU) has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of NAND flash memory. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 24W class D amplifier with 12.5 watts per channel. Connectors and ports include micro HDMI (type D), TOSLink Optical audio (S/PDIF), 10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45), Micro AB USB (for service and support) and Banana jack speaker outputs. Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The device comes with a die-cast finish and the Nexus Q has been made entirely in the USA.
Nexus Q enables you to stream media directly from the cloud to your playback devices. It allows you to use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf and play music, TV shows, movies and videos, on TVs, music players, computers etc. There are no downloads, no syncing or running out of space. Users can choose a song from the Google Play Music app on your phone or tablet and play it instantly on the Nexus Q.
However, it’s important to know that the Google Play Music hasn’t officially come to India. Users can upload up to 20,000 of their songs for free. Music Manager uploads your iTunes or Windows Media Player library to Google Play, so that your collection is available anywhere, anytime. Streaming is not related to music and you can watch your movies on your HDTV with Nexus Q. That feature as well, sadly, has still not been announced for India and we have doubts that it will be coming any time soon.
The Nexus Q also has an audiophile-grade amplifier built-in so you can easily hook your speaker set right up, or use an optical or HDMI cable to connect the media streamer to your AV receiver or HDTV. Once you’re playing, you can control the volume from your phone or tablet or simply by turning the top half of Nexus Q. You can touch the top LED to mute the sound completely. Your device can connect to multiple Nexus Qs and you can choose what music you want to play. The Nexus Q comes with 32 LEDs that shift and change colour in time to the music.
This appears to be an interesting bit of hardware and hopefully, Google expands the availability of the device and its services to the rest of the world quickly.