The Nexus Q from Google was launched last month at the Google I/O 2012. When it was announced, Google made it very clear by saying that the Nexus Q has a USB port that is basically kept there for increasing the general hack-ability of this device. Now, this did came as a surprise to many people because it was a sure sign that Google was not sure about what the Nexus Q is capable of at that time or what it could possibly evolve into if given an easy hacking access. However, this could also be taken as that Google wants people, especially developers to know what the Nexus Q can do, by letting them do it themselves.
Since, the launch of Google’s Nexus Q, developers have been busy day and night hacking away at the Nexus Q. all the developers have/had the same reason in mind and that was to determine what the Nexus Q can really do and how much more functionality can be added to this device. This has more or less paid off because we have seen the Nexus Q turn into a gaming console, some developers have enabled the Nexus Q to play Netflix movies, and others have launched some standard Android apps on this device.
However, what Developer Jason Parker did, was something completely different and something unexpected. Parker turned things up a notch by porting full blown Android, via CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) to the Nexus Q. For this, he used a Maguro/Tuna build as his original base image. The results are; WiFi and Bluetooth are working as intended – so far. The overall functionality of the device seem pretty stable on the first attempt at porting the CM9 to Nexus. Although, all of this is pretty much a work in progress so to speak because the sound of the device does not seem to be working at the moment.
There is a possibility that a full blown Android can be run on the Nexus Q. however, this statement has a big “IF” with it. However, if it Nexus Q runs on Android, whilst maintaining its social media sharing capabilities, then it can easily turn into something much more exciting and interesting for the Nexus Q during the coming times. For now, we can all just sit tight and wait until developers such as Jason Parker are done hacking the Nexus Q and share their findings with the rest of the people, anxiously waiting for surprises.
When the Nexus Q was launched at the 2012 Google I/O, it raised a lot of suspicion about its functionality because it looks like an orb that costs $300. Nexus Q is basically a tiny computer, which is why Google left a USB port just so developers can hack it to find new uses for it that might eventually define or redefine this device. Recently, it was found that people could play Pong with the Nexus Q. However, with new horizons opening with the hack-ability of the Nexus Q, it is only a matter of time before this device will be shaped into completely different or completely forgotten like a fail Google device.