Earlier this year Google announced Android TV, yet another attempt to increase its presence in the living room. The software is going to power set-top boxes and other devices, Asus was the first one out with the Nexus Player, which is powered by Android TV. This device has software that’s developed to provide a great user experience on TV, its basically a subset of Android 5.0, but doesn’t have as many features as the full OS.
Even though an official version that brings all functionality may not come there’s no cause for concern because a third party developer has released an Android 5.0 port for Nexus Player. Its the same developer behind the Droidmote app who has decided to name this port Nexus Player LolliRock.
Since LolliRock is based on the official Android 5.0 AOSP source code it does bring support for Google Play, with the Linux kernel having support for NTFS, NFS, CIFS and F2FS file systems apart from USB webcam and USB audio. Users will be able to transfer files to and from the Nexus Player on a PC through USB.
Over time features like external USB and Bluetooth microphones support, working version of Google Hangouts and HAL for USB webcam are expected to be included in LolliRock. Its still capable of doing a lot of things as the video posted above shows Nexus Player running apps like Google Maps, YouTube and even the Chrome browser.
Download and install instructions for Nexus Player LolliRock can be found here.