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Jul 11, 2012

Android ICS 4.0.4 Alpha 4 Build Available for Nokia N9

Nokia has just started to push the PR 1.3 update to its Nokia N9 users, yet those who would like to try something new have the option to get Android 4.0.4 up and running on their smartphones.

Android 4.0.4_r2.1 (ICS) for Nokia N9 is now available courtesy of people behind NITDroid, and has reached version Alpha 4, it seems. The new build is based on Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) v 4.0.4_r2.1 (IMM76L), and can be installed only on Nokia N9 devices that are currently running PR 1.3. For those out of the loop, we should note that the software does not require for users to completely remove MeeGo from their smartphones. In fact, it has been designed so as to offer dual-boot capabilities, enabling users to choose the OS to boot into after power up. Moreover, the Android 4.0.4 on Nokia N9 will provide users with access to application through the Google Play store, as well as with specific software coming from Google themselves (the Google Apps).

Not all things are working as they should at the moment – after all, this is still an alpha release – but most of them do, and users should receive a more than acceptable experience from their devices if they choose to install the new build. 3D drivers, OpenGL, hwrotation, touchscreen (multitouch) hw buttons (volume, power), ECI accessory (headset buttons), USB networking, sleep mode, alarm driver, basic video decoding (sw) and playback, WiFi (only basic functionality), Bluetooth and wireless connectivity are working at the moment. Users will also see working battery status, charging indication, sensors: accelerometer, compass, audio, and root access, along with a fakeGPS functionality (ability to trick system and set any location as GPS fix). The new release also comes with a series of fixes from the previous Alpha 3 build. Those who would like to learn more on Android for Nokia N9 or give it a try should head over to this forum post on NITDroid.

Nokia N9
Image credits to Nokia


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