Nokia N9 users may soon be able to fully utilize Android 4.0
Nokia's MeeGo-powered N9 may not have enjoyed an official U.S. release, but many enthusiasts have gone to great lengths to pick up one of the rare devices, which benefits from a stunning AMOLED display, 8-megapixel camera and the most open of open source operating systems.
Now, courtesy of some hard work by a bunch of dedicated users, N9 owners can run Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich on their device, spoiling them in a move that will soon have most other smartphone users green with envy.
The task of porting Google's popular operating system hasn't been easy, though. Many of the drivers required to power essential functionality are missing or simply don't exist, but the guys working on 'Project Mayhem' are striding on. Thanks to their hard work, the port has reached the alpha phase of development.
For those of you who aren't familiar with software testing, the alpha phase of the process means that things are still distinctly buggy, but owing to the project's open source roots, you can join the party and help iron out some of those kinks by way of consistent testing and bug reports.
What this means for Nokia N9 users is twofold: first, you can pick up some new software and play around with it, which is what the Nokia N9 is all about. Second, with some time, hard work and plenty of cooperation, you may end up with a complete device in due course, rather than a slick, beautiful smartphone that only has about 12 apps!
If you're interested in pitching in to 'Project Mayhem,' then head over to NITDroid forum and get involved--but remember, folks, this is an alpha release, so only pitch in if you're confident in your abilities.