By Joe Levi | February 19, 2011 12:47 PM
When Android Honeycomb was released it came along with notice from Google that it would be for tablets only. Since it would be opensourced, just like other versions of Android, people could do with it as they wished. They were quick to follow up that Android Ice Cream Sandwich would be coming soon for smartphones which would incorporate all of the improvements realized in Honeycomb.
Shortly thereafter Google released a beta of the Honeycomb SDK — the tool kit that developers need to write apps (or update existing ones) to work with, and take full advantage of the new OS. Along with the SDK came a Honeycomb emulator.
After some hacking and slashing people in the development community were able to pull out the necessary files and build a bootable version of Honeycomb from the emulator. That’s where things get really fun.
Once you’ve got all the files pulled out, where do you put them? On your smartphone of course! That’s just what’s been done with the HTC EVO 4G — and it actually boots, albeit very slowly.
This shouldn’t be considered a “final” release by any means. It would be a stretch to even call it an Alpha or “work-in-progress”. Not everything works yet, including, but not limited to:
– Music player
So, although it might not be wise to go out and flash it today, it’s cool to see that others have!