What’s better than the Nokia N9? A Nokia N9 running Ice Cream Sandwich


OK, so saying that this particular build of Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Nokia N9 is better than the N9 with MeeGo is a bit of a stretch. That’s only because there is still a lot of work to be done before one could deem Alexey Roslyakov’s Android 4.0 port user friendly. The N9 is just the sort of phone that is popular for its fine specs and good looks but often leaves folks wondering if its accompanying OS realizes the device’s full potential. With a bit of polish it looks like we could have an answer.

The N9’s hardware drivers have been the biggest hurdle in getting Google’s latest update to their mobile platform to play nice, but developers have had success with the N9 in the past, bringing various Android 2.x version to the handset.  Notice the extraneous icons on the phone’s lockscreen (or maybe the lockscreen controls on the phone’s homescreen). Once things get sorted out the goal is to create a dual-boot system that will allow users to easily switch between the stock MeeGo experience and ICS. We’d take it with Android only.

[via AndroidCentral]

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  1. Biggest question is how is the performance?  If the hardware acceleration in ICS is good enough, sounds awesome.

  2. Poor Nokia shareholders, this is what could of made them more money aswell as making windows phone’s like HTC & Samsung, & not being just a windows phone manufacturer & (Symbian)

  3. But why replace the best smartphone OS with #2 ?

    1. Freedom from the ugly tiles is reason enough.

      1. You’re thinking of the Nokia Lumia 800 which has similar but not quite as good hardware as this N9. They do look the same at a glance.

        I’d LOVE to have a dual booting Meego/Android phone. Wish someone in Nokia could leak the necessary files for a Meego port to Android.

        1. Until MS sets dual cores as a standard, I’ll pass on porting Android to any of their handsets, even though Nokia builds awesome phones.

  4. Best use for an N9 – bar none :-)

  5. I can’t think of a reason why I’d want to spoil my (rather amazing) N9 with an OS that is not MeeGo. The N9 and its curved glass was built for MeeGo’s Swipe UI – I can’t see why Android ICS (a perfectly fine OS for the plethora of HTC and Samsungs that all look alike) would be beneficial on this device. But then again, the Nokia N900 and now N9 are clearly flexible enough to port different OSes to them, if that’s your thing. Nice to know it’s possible, but not my cup of tea. 

    1. Yeah… the n9 and lumnia looks nothing like eachother do they…?
      I’m pretty sure most people will be able to tell the difference from a Galaxy S line and a hTC desiresque handset.

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