Forgotten Nexus Q gets Android 4.4 KitKat courtesy of CyanogenMod 11



It’s been awhile since the Nexus Q was first “released”, given away to attendees of the 2012 Google I/O developer conference. Despite never officially ever going up for sale, some owners simply aren’t ready to quit the Nexus program’s redheaded stepchild.

An expensive way to stream your online media to your TV, it was essentially the Chromecast before it was cool. Leave it to those mad geniuses at XDA who’ve found a way to shoehorn Android 4.4 KitKat onto the device, because…. you know, Android.

Made possible via CM11, it really doesn’t take much to get up and running with KitKat. Just need to know your way around ADB. Keep in mind the Google Play Music app is a bit finicky, as well as Chrome. A simple sideload of the latest Chrome app for smartphones seems to fix everything up however. Have fun!


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I liked the idea of the Q, it was just too expensive. It would be nice if they made a new one without the audio amplifier but simply a HDMI, 3.5mm Headphone, Optical, USB, Ethernet and WiFi. Include the latest Android / Snapdragon / 2GB RAM setup. Release an app to fully control it from your phone. Yea basically I’m asking for an AppleTV competitor but with more features and runs Android.

    1. Chromecast replaced this thing. It’ll never see the light of day.

    2. Or a spare tablet with HDMI out. LoL!!

      1. Well mainly I’d like a device to distinguish itself by providing Opitcal / 3.5mm headphone jack outputs to connect to a receiver/amplifier.

  2. Title of article was perfect. I had forgotten about the nexus Q lol. That being said, I love my chromecast. I have 2 in my house and I use them with plex,Netflix, and YouTube all the time.

  3. I’ve got 3 Qs and this may give them new life! I wish Google hadn’t left the project behind.We use the Qs in my house almost daily until Google took it away.

  4. Meh

  5. So why the nasty comment about ginger hair? Do you hate any other colours of hair or skin?

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