Chromecast is Android-based, already rooted

Chromecast is Android-based, already rooted
With a name like Chromecast, you would be right to assume that the new device from Google is based on Chrome rather than Android, but according to GTV Hacker, that isn't actually correct. Not only is the new Chromecast more Android than Chrome, it's already been rooted, just like most other Android devices on the market.

More accurately, the Chromecast is just what we said it was from a feature standpoint: it's an extremely stripped down Google TV. That means that it is basically Android with the Chromecast binary running. According to GTV Hacker, "the bootloader, kernel, init scripts, binaries, are all from the Google TV", but you won't be able to install APKs. 

Of course, the direct result of learning that the device is more Android than Chrome is that the device can be rooted. The only trouble is that it is unclear how useful that root method will be. Chromecast is a very limited device from a hardware standpoint, but there is hope that it could become a full Google TV with a little bit of prodding. We'll let the dev community look into it, and we'll let you know if anything interesting comes from it. 

source: GTV Hacker



5. papss unregistered

I'm not sure I get what this is or why I would pick this up. I had google tv late last year but wasnt robust enough for what I was expecting ( I hear Apple TV is even less robust). Once it can fully replace my tw cable box feature for feature for a lesser price (as it is now) I will try it again.

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Roku 3 is the closest product I have tried that was way cheaper than cable. It was still missing features. Until we get an internet TV provider it will be impossible to completely replace cable boxes.

2. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Oh please lead to complete device mirroring...

1. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Wow for 35$ this thing keeps on giving

3. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I don't know what you mean by that. In order to get that $35 price point, a lot of features were taken away. Google TV is the way to go, which is why Google hasn't given up on it yet, unlike their other products like the Nexus Q etc. that have all been ditched. I'm sure they're working hard on a grand new reboot.

4. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

It's a very cheap version of the Nexus Q. While it's not nearly as robust as Google TV, for it's price point it's hard to pass up (for those interested and don't own GTV).

7. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Yeah I know -- the price is great. I never meant to say that it wasn't. The Nexus Q had a big problem aside from price -- that it was only limited to Google's Play services. But what people also don't get is that it also served as a personal 'cloud' that you could store all your stuff in. I always thought the idea of a home cloud was cool. The Chromecast is great because it doesn't need fancy things like Miracast or an up-to-date TV etc. to get things working. On the other hand, directly mirroring will always be faster and better than routing things through a server for a TV 10 ft in front of you. There are also worries about privacy and how everything you'll want to do will go through the server. I personally don't think thats an issue but well, the NSA has been making people more sensitive about their data lately and whatnot...

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