Nexus Q gets the XDA treatment: root it, unlock it, ROM it, love it


When the Nexus Q was first announced by Google, it was no secret that they were encouraging hackers to get their hands on it. Google said they wanted rommers, modders, and tweakers to get to customizing and messing with the Q right away. The social streamer device has gotten what it wanted, and XDA has started doing their thing.

Over at XDA, we’re now seeing instructions on rooting, unlocking the bootloader, installing custom ROMs, and now getting custom launchers onto the device. NetFlix is even now running on it. Hit the break to see a video from the XDA forums, showing off the Nexus Q and its new launcher, as well as some new functionality. You can also click the source link to go to the official XDA thread.


Does the customization being seen make it any more appealing to the consumers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

via xda


  1. Customizing it would be the only way that device might come close to being worth 300.00 Is it me or is the device a step in the Apple mentality of removing the end user experience and locking them into Google’s play store like Apple does with iTunes. The Q needs a keyboardpointer like a 360 controller along with being able to use a phone like a sideshow device.

  2. I’d be happy to buy a Nexus Q for $299 when it comes out-of-the-box with all these features. Also, I want to be able to stream content from ANY source, including my Windows workstations and servers at home. Whether that’s RTSP, SMB, or something else, I don’t care, but I need to have that capability.

    Another feature I want, before I buy, is the ability to stream content directly from my Android device to the Nexus Q.

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