It's been a rollercoaster week for Google fans: first, the new Nexus Player and Nexus 9 pre-orders went live on the Play Store; just a couple of hours later, Google's set-top box was pulled, apparently because of its lack of certification by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
As Android Police reports, the Nexus Player's page on the Play Store now features a tagline buried at the bottom of the page, saying that the device is not approved by the FCC, and therefore can't be sold in the US, yet. For the moment, it's stuck with an 'out of inventory' message.
The FCC tests most electronic devices sold in the US for electromagnetic interference, whether that's keeping deliberate emissions (like the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi that the Nexus Player is packing) in check, or just ensuring that there's no untoward electromagnetic noise being generated. This may just be an issue of timing, and not a legitimate issue with the Nexus Player causing the delay in clearance.
There's no official word on whether the Nexus Player will be released in the UK, and with this news it's not even a certainty it will make it onto the US market. [Android Police]
Update: TechnoBuffalo reports that the player has now been given the green light by the FCC. This has not been reflected in the Google Play Store, where the device is still unavailable for purchase. They expect it to be listed for sale in the US at some point today.