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Google Nexus Q gets CyanogenMod 9 and XBMC hacks

updated 07:47 am EDT, Mon July 16, 2012

Nexus Q streaming media player hacked

Google's somewhat limited Nexus Q has had some life breathed into with two hacks offering the potential for greater functionality. Developer Jason Parker (@kornyone) has managed to install a version of CyanogenMod 9 on his Nexus Q, which he preceded with a hack where he hacked it to run Android XBMC. While both hacks have been offered as a 'proof of concept' neither is working properly.

According to Parker, he used Tuna/Maguro repositories and the prebuilt kernel as a base to 'cook' up his CyanogenMod 9 ROM for the Nexus Q. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are working and that pairing can be enabled without any third-party hacks. Remote control apps like Table Remote are working fine as well. On the downside, the sound is not functional while the System UI/Talk is crashing. "More work is to be done,' said Parker.

Of Parker's XMBC hack, navigation requires users to use arrow keys or a d-pad. However, like the CyanogenMod 9 hack, it is far from finished, while the XMBX open-source Android port is still a work in progress itself. Regardless, it certainly offers more hope for the expensive Nexus Q, which at $299 offers less functionality out of the box than a number of streaming media players costing one third as much. [via The Verge]








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