Experimenting With the Nexus Q

It’s always fun when you can pull the birds on a new device :)

Hopefully my posts messing around with the NexusQ have shown you that it is just an #Android device and that most apps would work on it with little to no effort as long as they don’t require things like a camera or multi-touch input. If the Q were combined with a simple control system (e.g. an app on the phone which worked as a touchpad for the Q) you’d have yourself, in my opinion, one of the best Android living room experiences currently available.

Some people have been asking how I’ve been doing the stuff I’ve done. Well, it’s not been too difficult, but, as I said in an earlier post, I’m not going to be doing much with the Q due to Google’s plans to make it US only, and documenting every step for each app is more work than I’m willing to put in.

It wouldn’t be hard to write a app which could provide a web server and a Web interface / REST API for streaming any media to it (if you want a jump start on how to do that on Android have a look at the pages of Stanley F. and Bhaskar Kandiyal who are my Google Summer of Code students who are working on Web based interfaces for OpenIntents).

As for me, well, toying with the Q won’t pay the bills, and I doubt anyone will hire me to work on it, so although it’s been fun and I could do a lot more with it I’m afraid it’s going to have to go back to being a limited streamer again.

(That is unless someone wants to get me a job working on it which will pay the bills as well)