Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the tablet version of Google’s Android operating system – has been successfully ported to run on Google Nexus One using the code from the Honeycomb SDK release. It is basically just an SDK dump at the moment with no hardware features implemented but if you want to test drive the Honeycomb interface on your Nexus One, read on for our complete guide.
Just a few days back, we featured Honeycomb SDK ports for a few HTC devices including Desire HD, EVO 4G and Droid Incredible. The same SDK port has now been made to work on the Nexus One, thanks to the effort of XDA-Developers forum member bypass23.
Just like most SDK dumps, this build isn’t functional enough for daily use as almost all hardware-specific features are missing, including but not limited to phone, SMS, data, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. All that works is the Honeycomb interface. There are some additions however – the port is rooted and has Busybox, QuickBoot menu, Terminal Emulator and CyanogenModMod 7 File Manager already installed.
- Rooted Nexus One. If yours isn’t rooted, see the instructions in our Android rooting guide.
ClockworkMod Recovery. If you don’t have it installed, see how to install ClockworkMod Recovery.
- Honeycomb SDK Port for Nexus One.
The installation process is pretty simple.
- Download the ROM and transfer it to the root of your SD card. Do NOT unzip or put it in any folder.
- Reboot your phone into recovery.
- Perform a Nandroid backup.
- Wipe data & cache from the main recovery menu and Dalvik cache from the advanced menu.
- From the main recovery menu, install the ROM’s zip file from SD card.
- Reboot your device.
In case you don’t know how to perform any of these steps, see our guide on installing an Android ROM from recovery, though you shouldn’t be installing this one in the first place if you don’t know the method as this is primarily a demonstration build and is meant to facilitate further development.