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A recent post on the xda-developers forum describes in detail how to root Google's new Nexus Q device. "It took me longer to write these instructions than root the device," developer kornyone contends. "Much of what is noted here is scattered on the forums and internet, but more than one person told me they didn't see an explanation matching what they saw in the video."
"Within days of the device's release, one user could launch games on the Q, although he wasn't able to play them," writes Examiner.com's Michael Santo. "kornyone has obviously gone a lot further, as he wrote that Angry Birds, Google+ and a number of other apps all worked normally. kornyone even wrote that he was able to get Netflix working on the Nexus Q, and was able to stream 1080p video to his television. He also stated that he controlled the Nexus Q with an external USB keyboard and mouse."
"That opens up a world of possibilities for the device, so much so that everything seems to be working with minimal effort," writes SlashGear's Ben Kersey. "Games seem to run without any issues, assuming you connect a wireless mouse and keyboard, and popular apps like Netflix also run, streaming HD video through the Q without much trouble. The Nexus Q doesn’t ship with a browser, although users have managed to push the normal Android browser as well as Chrome over to the device. After that, you can even compile and install Flash and have the full web at your fingertips, with the 1.2Ghz dual-core processor handling it all with aplomb."
"When the Nexus Q was first announced by Google, it was no secret that they were encouraging hackers to get their hands on it," notes AndroidGuys' Dustin Karnes. "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."