Nvidia demos Android 4.0 ICS on the Transformer Prime

Graphics specialist turned general purpose CPU maker Nvidia has released a video demonstrating the ability of its next-generation Tegra 3 'Kal-El' processor to run Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' using a pre-release Asus Transformer Prime tablet.

While brief, the video offers a glimpse at the tablet interface made possible by Android 4.0, the first release of Google's popular mobile platform to reintegrate the smartphone-focused Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' branch with the tablet-only Android 3.0 'Honeycomb.'

Described as an "early demo," the video shows the 'Ice Cream Sandwich' interface running smoothly on the clever chip - which packs four high-performance ARM-based processor cores alongside a slower, more power-efficient fifth 'companion core' - although that's hardly surprising: the software is designed to be more efficient than its predecessors, and should run acceptable on a dual-core processor as well - and even a single-core chip on smaller-screen devices.

As a means of convincing gadget buyers - and, more crucially, its OEM and ODM markets - that the Tegra 3 chip is a must-have for future tablet designs, Nvidia also takes some time to demonstrate the device's smooth 1080p video playback and a copy of Riptide GP, a game optimised for use on quad-core chips.

Recorded just two days after the public release of the Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' source code, Nvidia's demonstration is undeniably impressive but reveals little about how the software will be implemented when the Transformer Prime gets its official roll-out of the new software from Asus.

If you want to see what wonders Google's latest Android build brings to the tablet world, Nvidia's video is reproduced below.