What’s more fun than modding an Android smartphone? Well, lots of things, but one of them is modding a competing smartphone to run Android. There are many who admire Nokia’s beautiful hardware and industrial design, but lament its home-grown software (or the Windows Phone 7 platform they’re now stuck with). A group of like-minded modders at the NITDroid forums dedicated to bringing Android to Nokia hardware have shown off their latest and certainly greatest project: fully functional Android 4.0 on the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9.

This is no small job, either. All the essential functions of the phone are working, including calls, texts, data, WiFi, Bluetooth, et cetera. Sound and video are working fine, though YouTube playback seems a little choppy. The only real features that seem to be missing are the camera (wasn’t mentioned in the forum post) and automatic rotation (though the accelerometer is working, so that could be just a matter of time). The ROM is in its first Alpha release, so expect a lot of the bugs to be ironed out eventually.

The best part is that this ROM can be installed with a custom boot partition, preserving the original MeeGo OS in a fashion similar to the Android ports on the HP TouchPad. There’s even a work-around method that allows users to mount MeeGo’s My Documents folder as Android’s virtual SD card, giving some rudimentary cross-platform file access. This isn’t quite the same as getting Android on Nokia hardware like many of use were hoping for last year, but it’s about as close as we’re likely to come.

[via SlashGear]

  • That phone looks really good with ICS. I’d consider buying it.

  • bayotkabay

    Lust from Android community. No matter how you try Android will be sluggish in a single core processor. The guy’s obviously afraid to try surfing the browser. 😉

    • Chris W

      Which is why I still prefer Nokia’s homegrown mobile OSs. Nice to know N9 owners have the option, though.

  • Hello,

    Thought your readers might be interested in the how to we did for getting ICS on the Nokia N9.


    • bokia

      how to update it to alpha 3,

  • Techfix in

    Yeah that’s really a great news and info that Nokia users can also use Android ice cream Sandwich os. I wished to use Android without quitting Nokia handsets, and finally I can do it. See the very easy and step by step process for doing the same here http://www.techdiscussion.in/index.php?topic=516.0

  • gmjim99

    its working
    see my video to believe it


  • Dirtymoon

    I’ve Put this on my n9 so that the option is there but I’m not likely to use it. Most people who bought an n9 bought it for a clever, simple to use ui which is superior. I’d be far nore excited about having alien dalvik so i could rub Android apps from the more beautiful Harmatton os

  • Mohammad Halabi

    ok how do i get it?

  • aplus89

    Question, the N9 will run jelly bean right?

  • Can it run Android Kitkat. Does its hardware can handle the Kitkat?

  • nasim

    how can I make wifi and bluthoot on my android sandwich nokia n9