Saturday, March 24, 2012

Android ICS 4.0.3 for Nokia N9

When Nokia launched the N9 handset,some people said it has a perfect design but the only thing missing is Android OS.thanks to the developers who worked in the NITDroid, now users can install a Alpha ROM of Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 on Nokia N9.As you know Nokia N9 was designed for Meego platform.but now you can dual boot the Meego and Android if you installed this ROM.

Porting Android to Nokia N9 is a project named "Project Mayhem" and they successfully released a custom Android ICS 4.0.3 alpha can switch between choosing which OS to boot with volume controlling buttons. here are the working features of the ROM according to the developer.

  • dual-boot kernel feature without reflashing, you can choose the OS on boot.
  • OpenGL 3D drivers
  • hwrotation (portrait mode only, accelerometer HAL doesn't work) touchscreen (multitouch)
  • working volume and power buttons(hwbuttons)
  • ECI accessory (headset buttons)
  • USB networking capability
  • LCD off in sleep mode
  • alarm driver, RTC
  • mounting MyDocs as "SDCard" [realized; NOT FIXED, but HACK EXISTS]
  • basic video decoding (sw) and playback, youtube (choppy)
  • basic CellMo functionality: network registration, USSD, SMS, data (GPRS/EDGE/3G), signaling. Actually, ofono/ofono-ril stack is used: all things that it able to do on the n900.
  • Bluetooth (scanning, can pair devices.)
  • charging (note: without any notification in UI)
  • accelerometer sensor
  • audio: playback (audio routing to: loudspeaker, headset or earpiece)
  • lights HAL (lcd brightness)
  • root access (via adb shell; su/Superuser.apk)

i heard there are some problems found in the battery status(charging not showing on UI), Wi-Fi, camera, GPS, 3G data connectivity.
for downloads and Installation info better visit the official NITDroid page from HERE,i'm hoping to post a installation tutorial in near future.
make sure you backup all the data in device before installing the Android ROM as it will clean your device.and you should have a minimum if 60% of battery life while updating the firmware.
Its good news for Android loving Nokia users,this will be a beginning,in the future maybe Android will be capable of Running on most of Nokia devices.

check out the Hands On video of Android ICS 4.0.3 running on Nokia N9

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