Android app developer runs games on hacked Nexus Q

June 29, 2012
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Recently at Google I/O: 2012, we were introduced to new, revolutionary devices and software such as the Nexus 7 Tablet and Android 4.1 Jellybean. To make a trio of devices, Google added a media streaming device, called the Nexus Q.

Its spherical figure demonstrates the possibility of a powerful, yet compact “cloud-friendly” streaming device. Simply connecting it to your TV through sleek HDMI and powerful audio ports, and controlling it from your mobile phone or tablet will allow the Nexus Q to play movies, catch up on TV episodes, and even stream music without you even actually touching the device.

Also with the Q’s similar specifications to the Galaxy Nexus, including a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor and 1GB of ram, rumors have speculated as to whether the device can be hacked, or modified to perform other functions, rather than home-media streaming.

This is now a reality. With the knowledge of Android app developer, Christina Kelly, the Nexus Q was modified to “show” Android games playing on the device. However, the bad news is that games can not yet, truly “run” on the spherical device, nor are their controls for gameplay. But don’t get your hopes up. The fact that this was performed in a matter of 24 hours, is exciting and leads real development to be shown even within the next week. It seems there is just about a mod for everything these days.

What do you think developers will discover within the next week? Do you think they will get games “actually” running? And with the Nexus Q’s specs and capability, will the device give Google TV a run for its money? I would love to hear your comments.

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