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Nexus Q Back From the Dead Already, CyanogenMod Releases First Nightly Build

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After what seemed like an apparent last call for the Nexus Q from Google, the CyanogenMod team pulled a Pet Sematary and have brought new life to the orb. But is it true that sometimes, dead is better? The nightly build for the device, codenamed steelhead, brings the Nexus Q to Android 4.2.1 and adds actual use for the device such as access to apps and things of that nature. Why Google didn’t do this in the first place is still beyond us. 

If you own one of these devices, hit the link below and get to hacking. As for my Nexus Q, I am about to hit the forums and figure out how to get it up and running so we can possibly do a hands-on video. That would be fun, right?

Via: CyanogenMod

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  • Jwhap

    Interested to see the results. I have not rooted it yet due to the fact that I have not seen the needed…..this may be what I was waiting for!

  • i have a q and really like it (use it a lot more than i thought i would). i remember one of the features originally touted was syncing between multiple q’s such that you could have a “whole house” audio set up where the music would be in sync in multiple rooms. has anyone tried that out yet? i’d buy a second one if i knew that feature worked. whole house, synced audio is still something i pine for but all the set ups out there seem too pricey.

    • ilovemy67stang

      I have 2 set up (1 living room & 1 bedroom) and it’s a wicked setup… You can have them synced up so they play the same song in both rooms seamlessly. I get it that it lacks some functionality but it does exactly what I needed it to! All hail the Q!

  • andrew galvin

    stoked! Flashing this as soon as i get home.

  • Does it still work as the original Q? I use this thing several times a week as it is a great way to push YouTube videos to the big TV and music to the big speakers!

    • 4n1m4L

      I’d be surprised.

  • Jim McClain

    Still seems useless to me

  • Mike Corbett

    i do not know if i want to lose my q abilitiies

    • 4n1m4L

      Then just install a launcher. There are threads about using adb to get it on the device. Then launching it through adb, retaining all functionality till then

  • duke69111

    Did anybody except those who attended I/O actually get their hands on one of these?

    • WAldenIV

      Yes, Google sent freebies to those that preordered.

      • 4n1m4L

        And people buy them from ebay

  • bobukcat

    Unless they can get the original Q functionality, or even better Miracast or something similar, working in conjunction this isn’t of much use to me. I bought a Q from a I/O attendee last year (about 3 days before Google pulled the plug and gave free ones to people who pre-ordered – D’OH!) and did some interesting hacking on it but most of the stuff disables the Q functionality of it so I flashed it back to stock. Just waiting for Google to improve it and add new features (Google TV please!!!!!).

  • Nice! I look forward to the hands on video so I can make sure the process is worth the time.

  • Inquizitor

    I wish CyanogenMod, or some other team, tried building custom versions of Google TV based on 4.0+.

    • ddevito

      on what hardware?

      • shecalledmejay

        the Q

        • 4n1m4L

          Which should be phantasm not steelhead…

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  • kash521

    Would probably be a good idea to include what the actual new functionality is…

    • Until I get it up and running, nothing is confirmed. I’ll let you know how my flashing goes.

      • Mike Corbett

        where is a link to get it running

      • michael arazan

        Can you make a Video please?

    • The post on Google+ says that it is everything of CM 10.1, and none of the original Nexus Q functionality.