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Developer Pushes Launcher Through ADB to Nexus Q, Makes Device Actually Kind of Cool

So, the Nexus Q isn’t completely without a purpose anymore. A developer over at XDA has pushed CyanogenMod’s Trebuchet launcher through ADB to the device, allowing it to perform tasks other than the ability to only stream content from Google’s servers. Applications like Netflix and Angry Birds can also be installed and even controlled via a connected keyboard and mouse. 

As of right now, the hack is only for advanced users, but please feel free to give it the once over if you’re in possession of a Q and want to tinker around with this interesting piece of Google technology. Below is a video of what the Nexus Q is now capable of, which is fantastic news for anyone who thought the Q was yesterday’s news.


Via: Engadget, XDA

  • Shadowcell

    I wish this thing had a Tegra 3 chip so we can actually have a competitor for console gaming. I’d consider the $300 price if I was able to enjoy Shadowgun and play my N64/PSX emulators in 1080p.

  • Raven

    Well, this clears up a bit of confusion for me and is also very disappointing. I was so blown away by the demos that I did not even realize that it did not have a Google TV like launcher. So, it really is just a plain Google Play media streaming device by default? What a major fail if that is true. If I cannot play video files from other devices on my network and SAN and launch other apps such as Pandora, IHeartRadio, or PowerAmp it is of no use to me. How do they ever expect to sell it to the non-hacker masses? Come on Google, awesome hardware and completely lacking software, that sounds more like Motorola than you.

  • Leave it to XDA to add features to a Google device that should have been there from the start. And why is it that techies (present company excluded) can’t operate a camera. The blair witch movie wasn’t even that choppy.

  • ohhh…..netflix on Q…..my Apple TV has done this for years O.o

    • Aaron Decker

      Ohh Notifications on my iPhone. My Android has done this since its birth. Ohh Voice to Text on my iPhone, my android has done this for years. Ohh HD screen on my iPhone My Android has done this in many variations of size and type. Ohh look Apple is suing again for something it didn’t inent. Leave Troll and go back to your fanboy sites in your little walled garden.

      • WCDave

        Erm.. a single compliment on an Apple product doesn’t make him a troll.

  • schmaltzy

    So you’re saying it’s just like Google TV now except for being WAY more expensive?

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    My real concern is he had to push the browser and then install the flash app. Adobe is blocking new installs after the 15th of August.

  • r0lct

    The problem I see is most of this potential will be handled by the next gen of GTV. Unless that’s not going so well and this is their answer.

  • imns

    This combined with my already ordered Nexus 7 could finally be the replacement for the aging nettop I’ve been using.. definitely need to see this develop a little more first.

  • This device has virtually unlimited potential. I’m absolutely getting one once I’m convinced it receives proper dev support

    • r0lct

      Agreed, but I need to see some more of that potential for $300. I feel like the Logitech Revue all over again and am so glad I waited until it was $100 before I bought it.

  • AlexKCMO

    If I could stream media from my file server seamlessly, I’d be on this pretty quickly.

  • New_Guy

    What the heck is up with this guy’s camera??? It’s moving all over the place.

    • John Burton

      Don’t make fun of Michael J Fox

      • New_Guy


  • Tony Allen

    As soon as the Q sees a price drop, I’ll probably be picking one up.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    where ISN’T netflix available these days?…it still doesn’t justify a $300 price tag

    • El Big CHRIS

      my friend runs it on a 4 yr old toaster. It lags a bit, but it works 🙂

  • Apostrafee

    I have a PS3 for less money and it has much more

    • New_Guy

      Yes, but much less potential.

      • Apostrafee

        True however all I would use the Q for would be Netflix and music…which I can do on PS3 and have Bluray player and gaming system for cheaper. Why spend that much for “potential”

    • look what happened to the last guy that tried to hack the PS3 >.>

  • I bought this with full faith that the developers out there would get ths and much more done before I ever took delivery.

    • Jwhap

      Me too!

  • jer85008

    Smart folks at Google – put out a kind-of-wierd/niche product like the Q and let the creative devs do what they want with it. Nothing like free real-world R&D.

    • BAoxymoron

      I mean they did basically say that on stage… “easily hackable” I believe was their exact words

      • I’m absolutely getting one once I’m convinced it receives proper dev support...MayorMoney.blogspot.com

  • Once they are able to control the Q with a device like the n7 or galaxy nexus to play the games/apps then i’ll be more interested in the device

    • LionStone

      That’s one reason why I’m getting a N7..wireless control….I’ll get a Q but I wanna let it stew a little more.

      • Same here. I can see the potential the Q has, but I’m not ready to pony up the cash for it. I’ll give it time to come into it’s own like Android has (and more importantly, I have the funds stashed away to spend on it) lol.

  • the amp only has 25 watts am I right? if so not really enough to run a good surround sound system

    • Droidzilla

      It’s built for a set of matched, stereo speakers. It’s not made for surround sound. I’m actually cool with this, as I’m finding more and more that surround sound is gimmicky and useless (kind of like 3D).

      • Detonation

        You’re kidding, right? 3D is definitely a gimmick but a good movie or video game with proper surround sound is amazing.

        • Damien Brown

          yes and no. i have a carpet ninja so less is more. plus with the google tv coming soon *HOPES* this is actually two of my purposes. the potty trained assassin destroys all else

        • Droidzilla

          I found myself increasingly less and less enthralled with surround sound the last few years. I used to use nothing but, but I’m now not liking how I hear explosions behind and around me when watching a movie. I guess the gimmick finally got old, for me.

      • LionStone

        Yea that’s what I’m planning…to use a couple of nice Altec Lansings I’ve had for a while, put them to good use.

  • Droidzilla

    I’m starting to see more and more what the Q is all about. If I were in the market for a decent amp and speakers, I would totally go for the Q. It’s not a GTV/ATV/Roku product; far more niche than that. However, if they up the capabilities I just might purchase this if I’m in the market for a new home theater system. The Q would be perfect for music listening in my house as my wife and I both use Android for everything. Also, I’ve found I don’t really care for surround sound. I don’t need rain sounds coming from behind me to feel like I’m “in the movie;” it’s actually far more distracting than immersive. Funny as I used to be one for all the latest surround sound or nothing (“If it’s not in DTS, why bother?”). How times and tastes change.

  • will bartlett

    now if the price wasnt $300….

    • michael arazan

      needs more I think for the hefty pricetag. If every tv and pc and device could use it in one household I could see it being worth while, but it seems you need individual units for every room, from what I gathered. I.d still like to see a full list of what I can do with it too.