Since first seeing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in action last week we have heard lots of news regarding devices which will snack on this latest flavor of Android, however we have had no confirmation as to whether the Google Nexus One will ever get this update, fear not, developers are taking matters into their own hands!
The fact that this smartphone is reaching its second birthday is not in its favor, but a developer has taken the ‘bull by the horns’ and ported ICS to the Nexus One, it is by no means perfect, but it is still very early days. The Nexus One’s 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon and 512MB of RAM seriously lack the oomph that today’s top-end smartphones offer, if you check out the video at the bottom of this post you will see what we mean.
In the video you can clearly see that the Nexus One is running Ice Cream Sandwich, in terms of general navigation things seem smooth, in fact swiping across your home screens and opening up menus seems pretty much perfect, but as soon as you get widgets into the equation you instantly notice that the One’s internal hardware is struggling, according to the video’s narration there are also pretty frequent crashes, video decoding issues, audio problems and a lack of WiFi, but we reckon over time things will get much more smoother.
We can’t take any credit for the video, so we would like to thank dr1337md for the video and point you in the direction of his YouTube channel - we are pretty sure that he will keep posting videos as he makes progress with the port.
According to a recent comment posted by dr1337md he has now got WiFi working, however he is seeking help in regards to Android NDK to fix the sluggish graphics – if you think you can help him head on over to his YouTube account and send him a message.