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Nokia N9 isn’t dead yet, gets an unofficial build of Ice Cream Sandwich

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The Nokia N9 is an impressive piece of hardware, but it never really went up for sale in the US, and Nokia has actually stopped supporting its MeeGo OS thanks to a deal with Microsoft. As such, few people got to enjoy the long anticipated piece of Nokia hardware based on a Linux OS, which is now likely to be the last such device from Nokia.

Thanks to the power of open source, however, N9 fans have another option. The NITDroid project is an effort to get Android running on, you guessed it, Nokia hardware. While the actual project has been around since the days of the N900 and N810 (quite some time ago), the latest development is especially exciting. 

After quite a lot of effort, developers have gotten Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to start up and function on the N9. Now, function is used lightly, as there are obvious render anomalies on the display, but the touchscreen is said to function properly. Of course, this is not intended to be a user release anyways, and is only the developers showing that they can in fact run ICS on the N9.

However, according to the source of these images, a method is in the works to allow N9 users to dual boot MeeGo and Android, and will be released sometime soon. Most of us agree that Nokia makes some very striking hardware, and if this port functions even on a basic level it would only make the hardware that much better. In fact, now that it is selling for about $450 on Amazon, I may have to consider picking one up myself.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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