Jul 28 AT 8:29 PM Sean Riley 7 Comments

Chromecast exploit reveals Android DNA and potential Google TV functionality


Based on Google’s own words at the announcement and the devices very name, Chromecast, it would be a reasonable assumption that the highly sought after new $35 dongle from Google was running some variant of Chrome OS. The people at GTVHacker have found that instead the Chromecast is instead running a stripped down version of Google TV which makes it an Android device.

Before you get your hopes up you won’t be installing your favorite Android apps on it anytime soon. Here’s the relevant quote:

To be specific, it’s actually a modified Google TV release, but with all of the Bionic / Dalvik stripped out and replaced with a single binary for Chromecast. Since the Marvell DE3005 SOC running this is a single core variant of the 88DE3100, most of the Google TV code was reused. So, although it’s not going to let you install an APK or anything, its origins: the bootloader, kernel, init scripts, binaries, are all from the Google TV.GTVHacker

The upshot of their findings is that Chromecast could potentially be turned into a tiny Google TV. Having owned a Google TV for the last couple years I’m actually not entirely sure that’s preferable to seeing what Google has in mind for the Chromecast, but hey I’m never one to get between people and their tech tinkering.

You can watch their video below or if you want to read more about what they did or roll the dice and try it yourself hit the source link below for full instructions.

Via: Engadget

Source: GTVHacker

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://www.mikeytusa.com mikeytusa

    I’m pretty excited to see what Google has in store for the Chromecast. It seems like a fresh start for an otherwise neglected product.

  • thel0nerang3r

    It’s very limited hardware. I don’t think that GoogleTv would run well on it.

  • one80oneday

    Maybe this is Google’s future, an Android & Chrome OS mashup

    • Vova viner

      I wish they would make a unified mobile+desktop OS, that anyone can install on anything. Similar to what ICS did with merging tablet and phone experiences, but on a bigger scale. I’d love to dualboot Chromedroid on my laptop lol

  • donger

    Awesome to see it rooted already.

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  • xPurplexAnarchyx

    Makes me hopeful for Amazon Instant Video.