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Developer paying $1000 to first person who can root Google TV

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Nov 2010 1:01 User comments (1)

Developer paying $1000 to first person who can root Google TV Developer Howard Harte has offered a $1000 reward to the first person who can show him how to root a Google TV device, allowing him to install third-party apps.
The only other catch is that the hack must be available before Google officially adds third-party support.

With the ability to root, Harte will port his Better Terminal Emulator Pro Android app to the Google TV.

Reads the rules:


I will give $1000.00USD to the first person who roots/add third-party app support to Google TV subject to the following rules:

The Google TV device must be hacked before Google officially unveils third-party App development support for the Google TV.

The person must contact me via email and detail the procedure to hack either the Sony NSZ-1 Blue-Ray DVD

Player with Google TV, or the Logitech Revue. I will verify the procedure on one of my devices.

For the Google TV to be considered rooted, the procedure must result in the end-user having the ability to install third-party apps.

The procedure must be applicable to production versions of Google TV devices.

The procedure should be doable using a software-only approach. Partial consideration ($500.00USD) will be given for other methods that involve hardware hacks to the Google TV. A hardware hack is one that involves opening up the Google TV device, including, but not limited to: Reprogramming via JTAG, serial console access, reprogramming FLASH memory chips using a FLASH programmer, etc.

The successful hacker should include a YouTube video of Better Terminal Emulator Pro running on the Google TV.

Payment will be made via PayPal.


Adds Harte: "I'd like to get a jump on porting my Android apps to Google TV. Unlike many Android apps, most of mine make use of native code, so [they] are dependent on the type of CPU. I have ported Better Terminal Emulator Pro to the x86 CPU, but have not yet been able to test on an official Google platform, so having an open Google TV will help in that regard. All other Android devices to date are ARM-based, which is why I want a rooted Google TV."

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1 user comment

130.11.2010 10:32

I love these pay to hack contests. It's a great incentive to keep hardware open to everyone, and to have it be that way from the beginning.

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