Launched back in September 2011, the Nokia N9 was the Finnish phone maker’s last attempt to use the Linux-based, open source mobile OS called MeeGo. Although the hardware specs on the Nokia N9 were actually not that shabby (a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 single-core CPU, backed up by 1GB of RAM, on a 3.9-inch AMOLED display), many users found that the MeeGo OS was no match for another Linux-based mobile OS — you guessed it – Android.
Nokia officials, somewhat renowned for their bold (and slightly odd) statements, might say what they want about how N9 sales spiked during Q4 of 2011, but it’s worth noting that the Linux Foundation eventually gave up on MeeGo, in order to focus on another Linux-based mobile OS, this time a more HTML 5-oriented one, called Tizen. Much like Nokia’s own Symbian OS, MeeGo is – for all attempts and purposes — dead.
Fortunately for Android fans packing a Nokia N9, a group called NITDroid has just released an Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich port for the N9. Although in its first stable release ever, the Android port, called Project Mayhem, is fairly functional, and should provide a smooth ICS experience.
Granted, you’ll encounter a few problems with the accelerometer and the YouTube playback is a little choppy, but the rest of Android’s functions should work as intended, including the multi-touch capable touchscreen, audio and video playback, as well as the hardware buttons and USB / Bluetooth connectivity. There isn’t much you can’t do, making Project Mayhem one of the best Android ports to ever reach non-Android smartphones.
Here’s a quick video preview of the Project Mayhem ICS port for the Nokia N9:
If you decide to give it a try, you can find the all the install instructions here, but make sure you pay attention and do exactly as the people from NITDroid tell you to, or, you might end up with a lovely looking brick of a phone.