Less than 24 hours after its release, Google’s new Nexus Q media player has already been hacked to run — but not play — Android games.
The $299 Nexus Q possesses all of the internals it needs to run applications, including a dual-core OMAP4460 processor — the same processor packed into the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit, and 1GB of RAM. It also has a microUSB port, which means developers can plug it straight into their computers and tinker with it.
One of those developers, Christina Kelly, has gotten the Nexus Q to successfully run the game Swords and Soldiers. The only problem is, that’s as far as it goes. Although the game will run, it is unplayable at this point. Of course, even if it was playable, the lack of touch controls on the device means it would be almost impossible to operate anyway.
Kelly’s developments are a promising start, however, and they indicate the potential for other interesting hacks and tweaks in the future. If she managed to get a game running in less than a day, imagine what developers will achieve with the Nexus Q over time, as more and more people adopt.