Unlock, Root, and Install Apps on the Nexus Q
The Google Nexus Q is unlike any other Android device out there. It’s round, there’s no touch screen, and many reviewers still have no idea what niche this device is actually supposed to fill. This is XDA-Developers, however, and we try not to discriminate. That said, despite no touch screen and no obvious purpose, the Nexus Q is still seeing some development.
To start, it is actually possible to unlock this device just like any other Nexus device. XDA Recognized Contributor fiveipads has written up a quick little 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. A little further in the thread, XDA Forum Member fredc888 gives a quick tutorial on getting the device rooted as well. Not too shabby for the uncanny device.
Additionally, there is also being work done on running Android applications on the Nexus Q. While the guide isn’t quite complete yet, XDA Forum Member shodutta92 has written up a tutorial on how to install and run applications. It’s a highly irregular process, which involves using ADB to install the applications and Terminal commands to run them. The interface of the applications is still a little tricky, but there has been some success with the monkeyrunner tool found in android-sdk/tools/. There is also some talk about using a Bluetooth Input Device Emulator. Eccentricity aside, the device has a pretty decent start to its development.