If you were wondering how the public would take to Google’s first attempt at a home entertainment streaming device, just look at the enthusiasm around its launch. First day on the shelves, and the Nexus Q is sold out. If you try to buy one from the Google Play store, you’ll see a message that reads “Coming Soon,” and an estimated wait time of 2-3 weeks.
That’s a great follow-up to the sold-out Nexus 7, the seven-inch tablet released by Google and Asus that sold out of the 16GB size earlier this week. Google’s revving up its rivalry with Apple, rolling out its own line of devices to accompany its bevy of Apps and a growing marketplace of products and services, from Google Wallet to Magazines.
The Nexus Q streams music, photos and videos from your smartphone or tablet onto your TV, and supports shared content, enabling groups to contribute their device media to a single playlist queue. As we await the new Apple TV, Google’s made the preemptive move of releasing its own device line up, out to prove a point. Point taken.
See here for our initial coverage of the Nexus Q, a list of potential hacks (for when you do finally get your hands on one), and below is our unboxing video review where we walk through the initial set up and trial run.