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Google TV jailbroken, developer now coding for hacked unit

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 Jan 2011 1:56 User comments (4)

Google TV jailbroken, developer now coding for hacked unit Last November, Android developer Howard Harte offered $1000 to the first person or team that could jailbreak the Google TV.
A group of developers heeded the call and last week successfully jailbroke the platform using a mixed hardware and software-based hack.

The group, GTVhacker dev team, also released a 6-min video showing off their work (below).

Harte says he is excitedly writing code for the platform now.

"What this means is that we now have a complete Android development environment for the Google TV," added Harte (via RWW) "I am able to use standard Android development tools to develop for GTV, just like developing for any other Android device."

"The most important thing for developers though is that they now have full access to developing for the platform well in advance of Google releasing the tools," Harte continues. "Now, it should be possible for Rovio to port Angry Birds [...] to the Google TV."

Not to mention, working Hulu, CBS, Fox, NBC and other video content, as it should be.

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4 user comments

111.1.2011 10:25

is hulu worth getting also is available in AUS?

211.1.2011 13:04

Quote:
"The most important thing for developers though is that they now have full access to developing for the platform well in advance of Google releasing the tools," Harte continues. "Now, it should be possible for Rovio to port Angry Birds [...] to the Google TV."

Would Rovio actually port Angry Birds this way? It's not a really official way of doing things, is it?

313.1.2011 14:50

Great to see it is hacked but do I really want Angry Birds on my TV? LOL

414.1.2011 9:18

I guess the main reason for a port is to support the NON-touchscreen-capable Google TV device. Still, pretty interesting; this also may mean the eventual full root of the device, if that isn't implied already.

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