It seems that the Nexus Q, while still not officially re-available in the Play Store, is apparently anything but forgotten. The device – which is codenamed steelhead – just got its first official CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly build. Neat-o.



Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

Installing this build works basically the same as other Nexus devices: boot into recovery and flash. If you haven't done anything like this on your Q before, the process can be a bit confusing – fortunately, Ricardo Cerqueira has taken the time to give a quick and dirty intro on how this works on the Q:

Installation of the device is simple, but possibly awkward due to the lack of normal input mechanisms. Treat it like any other Nexus device:  Boot into fastboot mode (with adb reboot bootloader ), unlock it, flash the recovery from , etc. Basically, follow the same procedure as other Nexus devices ( The N4's instructions from will do in a pinch).

Navigation in recovery is done with the Q itself: rotate the ball to navigate the menus, and tap it to select an item. Navigation inside CM can be done with either a connected mouse or bluetooth devices.


It's also worth nothing that if you plan on using a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse as input, you'll actually need an input device physically connected to the Q's USB port to navigate the menus.

Now you can have CM on your phone, tablet, and TV – maybe it'll be coming soon to an oven near you. Hit the link to grab it.