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So, the Nexus Q Sort of Still Lives, Gets Unofficial Kit Kat Build

That big, beautiful, overpriced, never-could-do-much-before-Google-killed-it-anyway, sexy orb-ish ball sitting at the top of this post isn’t quite dead yet. The Nexus Q does indeed unofficially live on for the couple of thousand people who still own them or at least have one sitting around the house being put to use as a weighted object. Thanks to developers, an “unofficial” build of Kit Kat (Android 4.4) “based on CM11 from repo sync” has been ported over to the device. Yes, Kit Kat on the Nexus Q! 

The build is said to be “experimental,” but the only issues listed are sporadic stuttering here and there in Google Play Music and the inability to install Chrome through the Play Store. Since this is Android, you can sideload the .apk just fine. And uh, that’s pretty much it. The magical mystery ball known as the Nexus Q is half-way alive and well should tinkering be of interest.

In order to get yourself into some Nexus Q Kit Kat, you’ll have to know adb commands and how to boot a custom recovery, flash a couple of .zip files.

Speaking of the Q, and I know this will never happen, but why can’t Google issue it one more update to turn it into a Chromecast or something? It probably doesn’t make sense to spend the resources on an individual or two to make that happen, but all I’m asking for is one last update to at least give it functionality again. Then forget it forever. There are a few of us out there who still want to use it, have speakers that work wonderfully with it, and could get extra Google service use through it should it work.

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Cheers Robert!
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  • Dave Whyte

    What about putting KitKat on it and then download Cheapcast to turn it into a Chromecast!


    It would make a cool chromecast but remember, chromecast is built on ChromeOS not Android. Just makes it that much more work to make it a chromecast device.

  • I would be cool if you could buy a chrome cast in that shell, not a big fan of the dongle thing.

    • Matthew Rebmann

      While I like the look of the Q, the Dongle stays pretty much entirely out of sight so I’m not sure why it would bother you much

  • James Briano

    I loved my Q’s (both of them). I have not been able to find a suitable replacement. The software was a confusing mess… but if those things functioned like the Chromecast I’d be very, very happy.

    • 4n1m4L

      Ditto. Been missing then dancing lights and good music in my bedroom without losing the real estate of a full radio.

  • Wyatt Neal

    I really think the Q is one they should have sat on just a little while longer. If it ran the same stuff as the Chromecast, the could be selling it as a “Chromecast+” your new social network orb or something that Google+s your watches and mixes and matches stuff based on what your friends were watching, etc.

  • Eric R.

    My OCD is getting me with that dust in the picture

  • WAldenIV

    If a tree falls in the forest…

    • JBartcaps

      It dies

      • Eric R.

        If your name was Chuck Norris

  • mustbepbs

    Oh Google, you and your beta products.

    • Julia Miller


      ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ͤ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ In order to get yourself into some Nexus Q Kit Kat, you’ll have to know adb commands and how to boot a custom recovery, flash a couple of .