Since the first units of the new Chromecast have been shipping and making their way round technical minded people, some have found something quite interesting about the “Chromecast”.
GTVHacker, a group of people who hack Google’s TV, tweeted:
— GTVHacker (@gtvhacker) July 27, 2013
Although Google claimed, “Chromecast runs a modified version of Chrome OS,” it seems a bit far-fetched to say Android is a “modified version of Chrome OS.” Some have said this might be so it uses Chrome’s cross-platform appeal as people generally understand that Chrome works everywhere and it’s something they should use to access websites. This is the most likely explanation.
They have also claimed to have unsigned code running on the Chromecast, and you should be able to root it soon:
— GTVHacker (@gtvhacker) July 26, 2013
This is great news for people who fancy a $35 Android device and if the community want to, a vendor-free (without Google) Chromecasting experience would be easy to produce. It would also allow for some interesting ideas such as multi-player gaming from multiple Android phones.
However, as the Chromecast is not a “Nexus” device, it is highly unlikely we will see anything like CyanogenMod running on this anytime soon as the processor is not documented anywhere, but [it has been identified](http://gtvhacker.com/index.php/Google_Chromecast) as “Marvell DE3005-A1 System on Chip” which leads to no results in Google.