Nobody sets out to design a product that fails before it even launches, but it happens sometimes. With all the variation and freedom the Android platform affords device makers, people can just get carried away. Even otherwise very successful companies have screwed up by misreading the market or cutting corners in engineering. Let's look back at five Android devices that were so terrible or broken that they were never released.
Google itself is not immune to poor decision making when it comes to Android hardware, and the Nexus Q (above) is the clearest example of that. This entirely in-house endeavor grew out of Google's Project Tungsten, an offshoot of Android@Home. The 2012 Nexus Q was supposed to be a set top box receiver for media beamed from your phone. Sound like anything you've heard of more recently? The Q was basically a Chromecast with fewer features and a $300 price tag.
The Nexus Q ran a heavily modified build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to play content from YouTube, Play Music, and Play Movies. Notice anything missing? Yeah, it didn't even support Netflix. The hardware itself was high quality, with a spherical metal housing and powerful 25 watt stereo amplifier, but no one was going to pay $300 for the Nexus Q when a $100 Roku did so much more.
Free Nexus Q units were handed out at I/O 2012, but the initial response from reviewers was so negative that Google decided to pause the launch and reevaluate the feature set. The company also sent out free Nexus Qs to anyone who pre-ordered one. Apparently taking their money for something so fundamentally flawed was a non-starter. By early 2013, Google had scrubbed the Nexus Q from its site, indicating the device was never coming out. Several months later, it began shutting down the servers that handled streaming for the Q, rendering existing devices useless.