The CyanogenMod team is at it again. This time, they’re taking on Androids’s recently released 4.0 software — otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ice Cream Sandwich version of CyanogenMod will be known as CyanogenMod 9 or simply CM9.
But let’s not get too excited just yet as the CM team has stated:
“There are a number of challenges that we are up against. Google has made some pretty major changes to the Android framework that break compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers in order to achieve some pretty insane performance, but I am confident that the team will be able to overcome these issues like we have in the past.”
What I’m most interested in however is seeing CM9 on my now nearly one year old Nook Color. Over on the a href=”xda-developers.com”>xda-developers site, it looks as if the same group of people that did such a fantastic job getting CM7 to operate on the Nook Color hardware are ramping up efforts for CM9.
Right now things are going smoothly including already getting Bluetooth support operational. There are some concerns regarding the Nook Color and the partial/full lack UI GPU acceleration for Ice Cream Sandwich. This is because full acceleration depends on hardware manufacturers updating their GPU libs to support it…which isn’t likely to happen with the NC hardware. But according to one of the lead devs on the CM9 Nook Color project -Dalingrin states:
“UI accel won’t be perfect but we can most likely get at least partial support. A good bit of the work being done in CM9 is to get legacy devices fairly well supported.”
That sounds like promise to me as I’d love to see some of the great features found in Android 4.0 including:
- Native buttonless operation – perfect for the 1 button Nook Color!
- The ability to run native “tablet” high-res apps as opposed to stretched smartphone apps!
- Multitasking button that allows you to browse and instantly switch to apps (sounds like the MeeGo feature on my Nokia N9!).
- Improved keyboard with faster and more responsive touches.
- Much better browser that is more “Chrome-like”.
- More streamlined contact/social network integration.
- Better widget control and management (including better sizing options!).
I’m going to hold off my testing until the nightly builds start rolling out. Once that happens, I’ll test out CM9 on my Nook Color and report back with my impressions.