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 http://download2.clockworkmod.com/recoveries/recovery-clockwork- , etc. Basically, follow the same procedure as other Nexus devices ( The N4's instructions fromhttp://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Install_CM_for_mako 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.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Elias

    Come on Google, re-release it with Miracast and a $150 price!

    • Elias

      Even better, $100 since the appleTV costs just $100

      • blix247

        I believe just about anyone who has seen one in person would agree that the Nexus Q is one of the best looking hardware devices ever made. I would like to keep the build quality the same, and am willing to pay 300 bucks for it. It just needs to do more. Since Google TV isn't for cord cutters, make the Nexus Q for cord cutters.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          I'm in the same boat (though I already have the Q). The hardware is excellent, I just wish it were more versatile.

    • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

      It also needs some kind of audio-only lossless streaming like Airplay. I can't believe Miracast doesn't support that. If it did software-wise exactly what the Apple TV did, I'd pay a bit more just for the inbuilt amp and cool factor.

  • Zak Taccardi

    wow yeah the nexus Q is useless without miracast

  • mechapathy

    All ten people rejoice! Honestly I wish they would have continued development and came back with something cool. Now the Q is up in Google project heaven, right along with Android@Home. Sigh.

    • blix247

      Source for discontinued development? Or is this just your hunch?

      • mechapathy

        By they I meant Google. I edited to clarify. Before they took it down from the Play store its status was "We're gonna take another look at this device and make it do something cool." Now it's gone. Seems dead to me.

        • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

          I might just end up in a GoogleTV...

          • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

            YouTube for Google TV already does this. It's pretty awesome as me and my wife along with all my friends (except for one) have android phones so we can all just start queueing stuff up on my TV. I'm not sure if Google Music has this ability yet on Google TV.

  • goldarr

    So they developed 10.1 for a device no one has but didn't maintain the galaxy tab 2 WiFi? Really? Wtf?

    • Guest


      • http://twitter.com/CM_arcee RC

        Exynos is fantastic.

        • Cheeseball

          Exynos is considered trash until Samsung decides to give proper binary blobs/source code for it.

    • http://twitter.com/CM_arcee RC

      Who did you send that tab to? I'll ask what's the holdup.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josuebasurto Josue Enrique Basurto

    Jajaja no sabia que se llamaba "Steelhead"