Yesterday we were given a look at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the HP TouchPad, which came courtesy of CyanogenMod 9. And well, flash forward just one day in time and we now have the opportunity to download, install and (attempt) to run the software on our own. That being said, this release comes as CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0. In other words, while available for all to use it is probably not ready for all to actually use. Bottom line, if you move forward you can expect some bugs. The folks behind the release have noted that this is for the “super eager” and that they take “no responsibility for bricked devices.” Otherwise, according to the release notes, here are the issues that you can expect to see (though we would not be surprised if you found a few more if you decide to install);
- Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
- Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
- Camera does not work. The only libcamera.so that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
- Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
- Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress…There are reports that older versions do work.
- Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.