Android developer Jason Parker has hacked Google’s new Nexus Q media streaming device to run a full version of the CyanogenMod 9 custom Android ROM and the open source media center XBMC. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, the team behind CyanogenMod believes this is an “indication of potential” of the Nexus Q.
Please note, this is purely in the ‘what can be achieved’ category, not in the ‘we are supporting this’ category. This post should serve as an indication of potential, not a final product (or even a goal really).
Parker has published a video of his progress so that you can briefly see CyanogenMod running on the Nexus Q.
There are a lot of issues with this hack right now, so you won’t really want to install it yourself. However, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi do work, and this is a promising sign of things to come for the $299 device, which has already been seen running several Android apps and games.
Of course, the fact that the Nexus Q packs all of the specifications required to run Android software means it was only a matter of time before hacks like these began to spring up. It’s likely to be some time before the average user can do anything with them, but it’s clear that developers are moving quickly to make that happen.
[via The Verge]