Google’s recently announced Chromecast carries a name that many who are not in the know would associate it to have something to do with Chrome instead of the Android operating system. GTV Hacker, however, begs to differ – they claim that the new Chromecast leans more towards the Android platform than Chrome, and with that, it is rather unsurprising to hear that Chromecast has already been rooted, which is a common occurrence among plenty of the other Android-powered devices that are on the market at the moment.
If you were to look at Chromecast, it can be touted to be an extremely stripped down version of Google TV, and if you were to present it out in layman’s terms, that would mean we have Android with the Chromecast binary running in the background. GTV Hacker said, “the bootloader, kernel, init scripts, binaries, are all from the Google TV”, but this does not mean you are able to install APKs according to your whims and fancies. Since Chromecast is more Android compared to Chrome, theoretically speaking, it can be rooted, but how useful will that root method be remains to be seen.