Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hacker roots Nexus Q, enables Netflix app, Angry Birds, more

Even fans of Google's new Nexus Q media streaming device noted that for $299, the device was "somewhat" limited. As with many Android devices, though, those limitations last only as long as it takes a developer to root the device.

Developer kornyone posted a note at the xda-developers forums, indicating that he was able to root the device and voila, opened up a whole host of capabilities.

Within days of the device's release, one user could launch games on the Q, although he wasn't able to play them. kornyone has obviously gone a lot further, as he wrote that Angry Birds, Google+ and a number of other apps all worked normally.

kornyone even wrote that he was able to get Netflix working on the Nexus Q, and was able to stream 1080p video to his television. He also statedthat he controlled the Nexus Q with an external USB keyboard and mouse.

[You can see a video of kornyone's exploits below.]

If you're a tech-savvy Nexus Q owner, you can follow kornyone's instructions at his post and "enhance" your device, as well. While rooting typically voids your warranty, perhaps Google will be more lenient this time around: at Google I/O 2012, when it launched the device, the company said it would be very interested to see what developers could / would do with the USB port.

That sort of attitude is far better than Microsoft's original policy regarding the Kinect. The Redmond, Wa.-based company at first said that hacking its Kinect Xbox 360 gesture-based remote was off-limits, until it realized how short-sighted it was being.

Microsoft came to its senses, began encouraging other uses for Kinect, and has since released a Windows SDK.

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