Chromecast rooted, operating system detailed | Android Central

After digging into the software a little (rooting gives you access via telnet) they say what’s there is closer to Android or Google TV than it is to Chrome. There are no methods to run any apps on the system, but they don’t rule out the possibility of a real Android port to the $35 dongle.

At the event, Google touted the power of Chrome behind this device, but this clearly contradicts those claims. I don’t know exactly why Google branded this thing inside-out with Chrome given this revelation, but it’s interesting to note nevertheless.