We’ve come to rely on the hacker and tear-down communities to tell us more about new devices than the manufacturers ever would. Usually within days (sometimes hours) of the next new thing hitting the hands of consumers, hacks and exploits begin to emerge. Google’s Chromecast is no exception.
The folks at the site GTVHacker have dug into the guts of Google’s $35 television add-on to learn exactly what it can do and what makes it tick. First on the list of discoveries is the OS: it turns out that Chromecast is not really running the Chrome OS, but more a modified version of the operating system from Google TV, so closer to Android than Chrome.
The investigation is really just beginning, as it moves forward from this initial secure boot exploit.
If you have a Chromecast (or plan to soon) and can’t wait to start bending it to your will, the article at GTVHacker has instructions for the exploit and more information on a Chromecast forum. We’re expecting several Chromecasts here at Livid Lobster and will be bringing you a full review soon.