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Sony's Google TV booted into recovery, opens door to hacks

updated 10:15 am EDT, Fri October 22, 2010

Sony Google TV recovery mode would allow for root

Sony's Google TV Blu-ray player has been successfully booted into a hidden recovery mode after a discovery by a forum poster at Phandroid. Holding the power button for three seconds immediately after boot drops the player into a special mode with both common options to restore the OS but also a "system update with USB" choice. The finding could likely let users install their own updates with a flash drive and root or otherwise open the device up to unofficial features.

The Sony Internet TV may also work with the hack, but the exact method is likely to change.

The platform already has apps, but an official Android Market option won't be available until early 2011. Google also hasn't explained whether it will be feasible to download apps outside of the Market, such as through the web browser. Much of the limitation has come from a lack of Android apps optimized for TV but also a platform that doesn't have easy avenues for non-Market titles.

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