Nook Tablet gets first Ice Cream Sandwich taste with CyanogenMod 9 Alpha

March 7, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu

Android Hacks, Tablets, Tips


Even though it has been released for some time, Android’s latest version, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, runs on very few devices. Actually, as we found out yesterday from the past two weeks’ Android Platform Versions chart, ICS accounted for only 1.6 percent of Android Market visits made during that period.

And if the guys at Google are only making baby steps in officially updating their devices, independent developers all over the web are putting a great deal of time in bringing ICS to many gadgets. The latest Android-based device to get an unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich port is the Nook Tablet, the Gingerbread-operated slate released last November.

The first alpha development of CyanogenMod 9 for the Nook Tablet can now be downloaded from the Xda developers’ forum, but is still rough around the edges and is ‘’not intended to be used by non-developers and those unwilling to accept full responsibility for any untoward consequences from using the software’’.

That being said, if you are a developer or if you just know your way around such unofficial software packages, you should know that there are in fact a bunch of features and functions that work in this first CM9 alpha build.

You can surf the web pretty smoothly, you can play a couple of games, download apps, read books, listen to music, use the touchscreen pretty much ‘’at capacity’’ and even adjust the display’s brightness level.

The list of non-working functions and features is also pretty generous, but at least as far as I’m concerned, is very short for an alpha build of such a complicated ROM. The microphone, Bluetooth, FM radio, hw composition, hw video decoding don’t work for the time being and the device also has a tendency to fall asleep and fail to wake up from time to time, according to the guys at Liliputing.

All of these problems are set to be solved soon enough and if you want to contribute to this software’s development, you should know that the team behind this project is in desperate need of developers who know their way around the OMAP 4 platform and Android.

Hit this XDA Developers forum link for instructions on how to download CM9 Alpha for the Nook Tablet, but especially if you are interested in giving a hand to the project’s development.