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Developer Hacks Google's Nexus Q to Load Games

Google's Nexus Q might be a streaming media device but it's limited to running content from the Google Play Store and YouTube. However, it may not be for long, as one developer has demonstrated that it's possible to load games using Google's latest Nexus gadget.

Everyone at Google I/O got a free Nexus Q and it seems the developers on site are working hard to hack the device. Just one day after the Nexus Q was unveiled, one dev by the name of Philippe Hausler has managed to tweak the device so it loads Swords and Soldiers.

 

Hausler's work was publicized by Christina Kelly, who works at start-up Apportable doing community management and customer support. Unfortunately, the start-up screen for Swords and Soldiers is as as far as the engineers at Apportable have gotten for now.

"We tried to run Osmos on it, but there's a multitouch requirement that the Q somehow does not satisfy," Kelly writes.

Still, this device seems pretty hacker friendly and we're eager to see what the development community does with it. Certainly the specs suggest it could handle something more than its current functionality. It's powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with SGX540 graphics and packs 1GB LPDDR RAM, 16GB NAND flash memory, Bluetooth, NFC, and ethernet connectivity. It features a 25W amplifier as well as banana jack speaker outputs, Micro HDMI and Micro USB.

Things should get especially interesting in July, when the device is officially launched and available to all those that weren't able to attend Google I/O.

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  • memadmax
    I don't know why companies bother with making closed systems anymore... The iPad gets cracked before it even comes out now...
    And nintendo learned this issue with the Wii as well....
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  • motheninja
    memadmaxI don't know why companies bother with making closed systems anymore... The iPad gets cracked before it even comes out now...And nintendo learned this issue with the Wii as well....

    It took 3 months for the iPad 2 and around the same time for the iPad 3. Apple can keep pushing updates as some idiots will upgrade. Sure the iPad 3 was technically jailbroken the first day, but it was unstable. You need to see how long it take for the hack to go public..
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  • freggo
    It's like robbing a bank; there are always a few who think they figured out a method to get away with it :-)
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  • you do know that being locked-out of somthing that they never had the right to lock you out of is NOT a good thing right?
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  • stingray71
    At $300 bucks, this thing needs more versatility. I'd like to at least be able to stream media off of my home server. I also need my Netflix and Slacker Radio please.

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  • outlw6669
    stingray71At $300 bucks, this thing needs more versatility. I'd like to at least be able to stream media off of my home server. I also need my Netflix and Slacker Radio please.
    For a lot less than $300, I would rather just connect the server to my TV and call it done...
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