File this under "things that make Jerry say giggity!" -- Jason Parker has built CyanogenMod 9 and booted in on his Google Nexus Q. Using the Galaxy Nexus base (makes sense -- a good bit of the hardware is the same) to build, Parker has a bootable ROM with Bluetooth and Wifi working. There's surely plenty of bugs to work out, but now would be a good time for us all to think about the Nexus Q with full blown Android and XBMC, connected to our big screen. We like thinking that way.

Source: +Jason Parker


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The Nexus Q running CyanogenMod


Slowly approaching suitable levels of tempting to buy this thing. Just need to read up on XBMC some more about how it can integrate with streaming options; although, admittedly, with a full install of proper android, it wouldn't matter much as long as key apps (netflix, hbo go, etc.) worked.

Think about having Ubuntu on top of this thing, and a BT keyboard/mouse combo for a 10ft interface that is fully internet capable. There are a lot of people who don't care too much for Unity Desktop (I'm one of them...), but if you put that, XBMC and the Google Apps back end on a 55" TV at 10ft, you've yourself a pretty awesome home theater system!

Cool, but $300 for a device I have to customize before it is useful? Drop that price to $100 or less and you get my attention.

Very cool, but I'm not convinced that the Q is $186 cooler than the Pivos Xios. I can buy the Xios from Amazon or Newegg for $114, Pivos has already released ICS 4.0.3 for the Xios, and the Xios is THE development platform for the android port of XBMC.

Granted, the Xios doesn't have the Nexus name on it, but the Q also doesn't have Google Play and doesn't run stock Android out of the box. I'm not convinced that it's worth paying extra for a device that I have to hack when I can have stock ICS with full market access for $114.

Could be worse, I guess. I could be one of those poor fools who spent money on the Ouya.