Nov 02 AT 4:13 PM Dustin Earley 21 Comments

Video: Chromium OS ported to Nexus 7

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The Nexus 7 is a very capable little device. With a little tinkering, it is capable of running MIUI, a highly customized version of Android that takes after iOS, Ubuntu, and coming soon, Chromium OS.

Android developer Hexxeh has posted a video on his blog proving that he has Chromium OS, the open source variant of Chrome OS, up and running on a Nexus 7. Apparently the build is not ready for “widespread consumption” quite yet, but once it is, it will be released.

I always get a kick out of seeing the ambitious projects Android developers take on that come to life. This is no exception. Now if only we could get Chromium and Android dual-booting on the Nexus 10. I can only imagine.

Via: DroidDog

Source: Hexxeh

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  • Nate B.

    This is really awesome. On a Nexus 10 in the coming months maybe? Dual boot as well? Wishful thinking. I wish he would of had a better angle to record so his hand wasn’t blocking some of it.

  • shadhussain

    surely, someone will also get Win8 RT dual booted one of these devices too?

    • Bryan Stoner

      The Asus AiO does this.

      • shadhussain

        Thanks. I suspect then it’s only a matter of time before we see it being flashed on the Prime.

    • Bpear96

      Well considering Chromium OS is open source, and Windows RT is not. Chromium OS, like android also runs on the linux kernel. And Windows RT, is much more locked down, and requires a secure uefi bios, i really doubt Windows Rt will be ported to any android tablets, in the near future or at all. :/

      • Anthony E

        HOW DARE YOU CRUSH HIS DREAMS!?!

        • Bpear96

          I was actually going to write, “sorry to crush your dreams” at the end :P Not saying its not possible, but definitely much more unlikely compared to getting chromium os running :/

        • Robert

          Dreams? Infecting open hardware with software designed to lock down hardware, I call that a nightmare

    • Nate B.

      I wouldn’t say it can’t be done, but it would most likely be a never ending job. The experience would be poor. Unless it was built like that from the ground up.

  • LEKO

    I want this on my Transformer Prime.

  • Robert Davison

    Nice woodchip on the wall.

  • Nathan D.

    This is really cool

  • zolikaaa666

    I Love Nexus 7!…You can do everything on it…I Want to get one T.TT…But i cant afford it :(

  • Stephen

    Considering the new google chromebook runs on ARM this should be able to eventually run at full speed (I hope).

    Then all we need is induction HDMI. Place your phone on the charging dock and BOOM, video and audio sent to your monitor and speakers and you’ve got a full sized working computer.

    • Maitin

      Stephen, Oh you mean an atrix and a dock or lapdock…been using one. Great idea, too bad moto had no idea how to market it…

  • damambt

    This is neat!
    I would like to see this done to the Nexus Q. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • poler166

      Hmm I’m sure it would be much more complex since there’s no actual physical screen :/

  • Aadamgibson

    It’s actually a good video and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you simply shared this helpful information with us.

  • poler166

    The nexus 7 first an amazing 7 inch tablet now a chrome book you gotta love our android devs :)

  • PhaseBurn

    While it’s certainly awesome geek cred, I have to question if there’s any benefit to running ChromiumOS over Android on a tablet…

    • http://phaseburn.net PhaseBurn

      Then again, touchscreen ChromiumOS would be nice, just not sure I’d sacrifice my local apps for it… play too many games and use too many apps to do that on my tablet… and the tablet already runs Google Chrome, so, I can’t see what is brought to the table by doing this…

  1. This is really awesome. On a Nexus 10 in the coming months maybe? Dual boot as well? Wishful thinking. I wish he would of had a better angle to record so his hand wasn’t blocking some of it.

  2. surely, someone will also get Win8 RT dual booted one of these devices too?

    • The Asus AiO does this.

      • Thanks. I suspect then it’s only a matter of time before we see it being flashed on the Prime.

    • Well considering Chromium OS is open source, and Windows RT is not. Chromium OS, like android also runs on the linux kernel. And Windows RT, is much more locked down, and requires a secure uefi bios, i really doubt Windows Rt will be ported to any android tablets, in the near future or at all. :/

      • HOW DARE YOU CRUSH HIS DREAMS!?!

        • I was actually going to write, “sorry to crush your dreams” at the end :P Not saying its not possible, but definitely much more unlikely compared to getting chromium os running :/

        • RobertGuest 3 years ago

          Dreams? Infecting open hardware with software designed to lock down hardware, I call that a nightmare

    • I wouldn’t say it can’t be done, but it would most likely be a never ending job. The experience would be poor. Unless it was built like that from the ground up.

  3. LEKOGuest 3 years ago

    I want this on my Transformer Prime.

  4. Robert DavisonGuest 3 years ago

    Nice woodchip on the wall.

  5. This is really cool

  6. I Love Nexus 7!…You can do everything on it…I Want to get one T.TT…But i cant afford it :(

  7. StephenGuest 3 years ago

    Considering the new google chromebook runs on ARM this should be able to eventually run at full speed (I hope).

    Then all we need is induction HDMI. Place your phone on the charging dock and BOOM, video and audio sent to your monitor and speakers and you’ve got a full sized working computer.

    • MaitinGuest 3 years ago

      Stephen, Oh you mean an atrix and a dock or lapdock…been using one. Great idea, too bad moto had no idea how to market it…

  8. This is neat!
    I would like to see this done to the Nexus Q. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Hmm I’m sure it would be much more complex since there’s no actual physical screen :/

  9. AadamgibsonGuest 3 years ago

    It’s actually a good video and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you simply shared this helpful information with us.

  10. The nexus 7 first an amazing 7 inch tablet now a chrome book you gotta love our android devs :)

  11. PhaseBurnGuest 3 years ago

    While it’s certainly awesome geek cred, I have to question if there’s any benefit to running ChromiumOS over Android on a tablet…

    • Then again, touchscreen ChromiumOS would be nice, just not sure I’d sacrifice my local apps for it… play too many games and use too many apps to do that on my tablet… and the tablet already runs Google Chrome, so, I can’t see what is brought to the table by doing this…