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Nokia N9 Caught Running Android Ice Cream Sandwich

A bunch of hardcore Nokia hackers and developers are currently working on a usable port of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nokia N9, which uses the now-defunct Meego operating system.

The N9 comes with the Harmattan user interface and a 3.9-inch touchscreen that has no physical button (just what Ice Cream Sandwich needs).

Alexey Roslyakov, part of the NITdroid team, has posted a few pictures (via the Verge (opens in new tab)) as well as a video of the device running Android's forthcoming mobile operating platform.

It's worth noting that the team is working on a dual booting setup that will keep MeeGo. Some have noted that the N9 hardware is underpowered for Ice Cream Sandwich.

The N9 comes with a single core TI OMAP3630 Cortex-A8 based SoC with the SGX530 and 1GB RAM.

As for the NITDroid team, it has already managed to bring Android (and Gingerbread) to the N900 (which had similar hardware to the N9)

Although the N9 costs significantly more than the Lumia 800 and was comparatively less advertised, the device was surprisingly popular, selling up to two million units and apparently generating significantly higher profit margins compared to the Microsoft-backed Lumia range.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.