Nexus Player pre-sales halted after certification troubles

Pre-sales of Google’s Nexus Player were abruptly stopped hours after they started on Friday, following an apparent certification slip-up.

The Nexus Player was launched alongside the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 last week and is Google’s latest attempt to conquer the living room.

The $99 device was available to pre-order on Friday, but only for a brief period of time before it was listed as “out of inventory”, according to Android Police.

While fans initially suspected the streaming set-top box had simply sold out, it appears the real cause may be that the Nexus Player wasn’t actually licensed for sale in the US.

At the same time the device was yanked from pre-order, the following notice appeared at the bottom of the Nexus Player website:

“This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until approval of the FCC has been obtained.”

However, while the device has since seemingly received FCC accreditation, the notification remains on the website.

Additionally, the “out of inventory” message has now disappeared and been replaced with “coming soon” instead. The pricing has also been removed and, while the Nexus Player was previously expected to be generally available in the US and Canada on 3 November, there’s no indication if the Nexus Player will be back on sale then.

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