Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Google Nexus One – Unofficially Through CyanogenMod
At the tail end of October, Google sadly confirmed that its original smartphone, the HTC-made Nexus One, would not be receiving a much-desired serving of new Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich. This was suggested to be down to “hardware restrictions”.
However, those busy folk over at CyanogenMod have managed to get around those supposed restrictions (which was possibly another way of Google saying “can’t be arsed?”).
The Nexus One was launched in late 2009 as a collaboration of Google software and HTC mobile tech and the handset has followed the Android operating system’s evolution since version 2.1 Éclair. Unfortunately for rule-sticklers the ‘official’ channels will not be offering an upgrade to the next step.
But, as we’ve seen before, a closed door to a software update only means a door to be blown wide open with a radical ROM from CyanogenMod. And that’s just what they’ve done with the coding in the new Ice Cream Sandwich update; creating an unofficial way of porting the new OS to the dated tech.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich made its first appearance hosted by the brand new Samsung Galaxy Nexus just a few weeks ago, and since that time XDA Developers have managed to crack the updated OS for use on Nexus S and with CyanogenMod’s new ROM becoming available shortly, the whole Nexus range will be grabbing a bite of the sweet new Google platform.
Check out the video of ICS in action on Google’s Nexus One: