I didn't really know what to make of the Nexus Q when Google first unveiled the orb at I/O. It definitely looks cool, but it also seems like every other streaming device. I'm apparently in the minority here as the device is now backordered in the Google Play store.
The Nexus Q officially went on sale yesterday with the device being listed as shipping in three to five days. After only a day of being on sale, it's now listed as shipping soon with an estimated delivery date of two to three weeks. That's a pretty impressive feat for a device that quite a few tech writers didn't see much value in.
As you may recall, the Nexus Q is being billed by Google as "The first social streaming media player." It's main gimmick is that anybody with an Android device can essentially take over the Q and start playing their content. It's a neat gimmick, but it just seemed like an odd concept in a world where Boxee and Roku dominate the streaming market.
Regardless, it's nice to see the Nexus Q doing well. At $299, some might have thought it was a little on the expensive side. Of course, the increased cost could have something to do with the fact that the Nexus Q is manufactured in the U.S. If it continues to do well, it might encourage Google and others to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. It's really a win-win for everyone.
If you really want a Nexus Q and missed out on the first wave, you can head over to the Google Play store to order the device. You'll just have to wait two to three weeks to get your spherical streaming on.[h/t: DroidLife]