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Identification and Background

Introduced in June of 2012 at the Google I/O Keynote, the Nexus Q was a media-streaming device. The device operated version 4.0 of the Android System, Ice Cream Sandwich, and was functional with Google Play and various Android devices. Google's intent to create a revolutionary new media device; however, was not met with customer satisfaction. Criticism included the high price and the limited Google Play features when compared with other media-steaming devices. The Nexus Q was discontinued the October of the very same year.

The Nexus Q is easily identifiable by its spherical shape and black finish. When it is powered on, the circumference of the device will light up.


Track down problems encountered with your Nexus Q on our Nexus Q Troubleshooting Page

Technical Specs


  • 4.6 inches (116 mm)


  • 2 Pounds (923 grams)

Hardware Controls

  • Rotating top dome volume control
  • Capacitive touch sensor for mute on/off


  • 32 RGB perimeter LEDS
  • 1 RGB LED for mute indicator


  • OMAP4460 (dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and SGX540 graphics core)


  • 16GB NAND flash memory


  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Supported Applications

  • Google Play Music
  • Google Play Movies and TV
  • YouTube

Connectors and Ports

  • Micro HDMI (Type D)
  • Optical out (S/PDIF)
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45)
  • Micro AB USB (for service and support)
  • Banana jack speaker outputs


  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC


  • 25W class D (12.5 watt per channel)


  • Integrated 35W switching power supply
  • World-ready 50/60Hz 85-265V AC input
  • Automatic shutdown for audio amp supply when not in use

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