Google Nexus Q – Unlocking & Installing Apps

Google Nexus Q:

Let’s begin with a little piece of introduction of our guest of honor today, the Google Nexus Q. For those who are not so familiar with this spherical spectacle, don’t worry too much, we haven’t been hit by a meteor neither we traveled 2000 yrs in future, it’s 2012 only and yes, this spectacularly amusing concept was announced a few weeks back at the Google I/O event 2012. If you missed out on the coverage of the event, let me get you a sneak peek of what this “Q” is actually about.

Unlock Nexus Q


Specifications of the Google Nexus Q:

  • 16GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • OMAP4460 chipset (dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and SGX540 graphics core)
  • “Banana jack” stereo speaker ports
  • Optical output jack
  • Ethernet
  • Micro-HDMI
  • Micro-USB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Amplifier – 25W class D (12.5 watt per channel)
  • Android 4.0

Done with the technical stuff, let me make one thing clear to you, it’s not an android phone/tablet n neither a UFO. This is the next level of cloud computing that Google has goggled into to take on the best in the business with a head-on collision. It’s actually more like a transformer, that is an assembled CPU cabinet, that can pair easily with most of the big screen panels and the best of sound equipments out there. Running on android 4.0 on one of the modest configurations in the market, the Google Nexus Q sports seamless cloud connectivity on the go with multiple user access being one of the deal breakers( well, that’s what its made for. ) . So, just don’t get carried away by the superb cloud computing capabilities of this little wonder, it is also quite a capable android powerhouse inside the spherical shell which means, it can be Unlocked, Rooted and even APKs( with a somewhat weird app interface) can be installed on this device like most of the other nexus’es out there ( cool eh? let’s get back to our post and get started. ).

Pre-Installation Tips:

If you have followed all the other tutorials on this blog or have rooted any android phone, you must be aware (if you haven’t , we are here.) that you need to install:

  1. JRE (java runtime environment).
  2. Android SDK (plus check the latest in addons).

and if you have these, you must be familiar with some basic DOS operating.

DisclaimerHack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk. This process voids the warranty of your device.

How to Unlock Nexus Q?

They know it’s not just any other android device but they are at it, they are the XDA-developers. XDA Recognized Contributor fiveipads has written up a quick tutorial to help users get the Nexus Q unlocked. The method is traditional for Nexus devices as it’s just the old fastboot oem unlock.

To unlock your device

  1. cd to platform-tools (using command prompt)
  2. Reboot to the bootloader using the command:

    adb reboot bootloader

  3. Unlock your device* (with fastboot tool) type:

    fastboot oem unlock

*You will have to accept and erase all the user data on the tablet.
*You must run this as sudo in Linux.

Installing Applications on the Nexus Q:

XDA member shodutta92 has made a tutorial ( a very easy one, covering all of it, from the basics ) on how to install applications on this one of its kind, no-touchscreen android device.

  1. Enable USB debugging on the Q. This can be done by running the nexus Q app on another device, pairing with the Q, and then going to advanced and enabling USB debugging.
  2. Installing apps is done by running

    adb install path/to/app.apk

    in the command line on a computer.

  3. Launching apps is done in command line by running

    adb shell

    and then typing

    am start name

    . For example, opening settings is done with

    am start

    once in adb shell. Netflix is

    am start

    and that forAngry Birds is

    am start com.rovio.angrybirds/com.rovio.ka3d.App

    The package/activity names can be determined by running the app on another android device, plugging it into a computer, and running the monitor tool in terminal and looking at the hierarchy viewer.
    So, if you own one of these, and want to get most out of it, you should give it at least one try. It’s totally worth it :).

For more on Unlocking and Rooting tips for Nexus Q, you can head to the original thread.