Who said miracles are not possible? For those who are still busy with their optimistic concerns and opinionated statements, overview of Google’s 2012 I/O developer’s conference proved to be an eye opener for them. The conference as expected was a full-fledged surprise package for viewers who witnessed the latest version of 'Android operating system' with an equally interesting name 'Jelly Bean'. The much expected Nexus 7 tablet was also unveiled before the already enthralled audience. As many of you may already be aware that Nexus is an example of brilliant corporate partnership between Google and Asus. Much was explained to the audience about what makes the Nexus 7 so special and unique compared to the other tabs in the market.
Then came the real eye catcher, the 'Nexus Q' and it was a subject of astonishment for sure! It's a small and spherical Android powered computer system that can synchronize with your existing devices very easily. The absence of screen makes it a stand alone unit, which can be plugged into a television system or a stereo. It's a fully equipped media unit that streams videos and music files from other devices using connectivity options such as bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This unique device is being hailed as the “world's first ever social streaming device”, is a prominent technological advancement.
With 32 LEDs within, it is more of an eye candy for those who like to walk in a different lane, but at the same time I doubt $299 as it's price could turn out to be something unappealing among mass-audience. On a serious note, I was impressed by the looks and also by the concept of portable living room entertainment package but, after going through detailed specifications I strongly feel Google still needs to come to real terms. Nexus Q lags behind on multiple fronts compared to the likes of Microsoft's Xbox or even Apple TV. Another setback that Nexus Q suffers is the absence of remote sensing device (control) and it can only be controlled using an Android phone, nothing else will do.
However, I am a person with a very positive attitude when it comes to technology, which is why despite of all these shortcomings, I still support this initiative of Google. As we are advancing towards an age of technological expertise, we still have many mysteries to unfold and one of them is the mobility factor of devices. Carrying a computer device with you wherever you go was made possible with the introduction of laptops and iPads, but the Nexus Q is something worth a try. I believe that if Google does something about the price tag decided for this 'pocket rocket' then may be it will successfully appeal to the mass audience, who are already confused with IT market flooded with devices. Mixed reviews are not helping but some unique features into Nexus Q can spark things up for 'Google'.
Post Script :
I really feel dejected in concluding what might be a 'sudden stop' to Google's small wonder 'Nexus Q'. Recently I read a news update suggesting that the search engine giant just pulled back it's product following critical reviews from customers and some tech websites. Critics have deemed the product to be a mere exaggeration, over hyped and another wonderful failure from Google to keep it short n' simple for you! However, let me throw light on some possible factors that might have lead to the sudden pullback of much talked about Google's answer to portable technology solutions.
“I believe that if Google does something about the price tag decided for this 'pocket rocket' then may be it will successfully appeal to the mass audience, who are already confused with IT market flooded with devices.”
Well, Like I predicted in my blog earlier the major cause behind such disappointment has been the 'price' itself. As some tech websites who review products they have termed this one to be over priced considering it's features, which they have termed as a mere jukebox. However, its dependency on an external android device to act as a remote control is another reason behind the let down!
Firm even revealed to the users about the hackable USB port which could allow the users to add extra features to the device. However, a sudden u-turn need not be depicted as the very end as there is always a chance for improvement. Considering other rival devices for synchronization and a second thought over the price range can prove to be a game changer for 'Nexus Q'.