NVIDIA Demos Ice Cream Sandwich Running on ASUS Transformer Primeby Anand Lal Shimpi on November 22, 2011 9:45 AM EST
Two days after the public release of Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich), NVIDIA had it up and running on ASUS' announced but not-yet-released Eee Pad Transformer Prime. NVIDIA sent along a video as proof. The usual big-company red tape kept the video from being released until now. There's not too much we can learn from the video other than the OS is up and running on Tegra 3, and the UI seems to be reasonably quick.
Keep in mind the act of porting Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) to a platform similar to one that already runs Honeycomb isn't that big of a deal. It's the optimization, driver work and bug hunting that will occupy the majority of the coming weeks for companies looking to get ICS running on their hardware.
This video doesn't change the launch plans for ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime: it will still launch (and be reviewed with) Honeycomb.
I've also heard ICS is up and running on Tegra 2, although obviously not featured here. The priority for everyone (read: OEMs) right now is the latest and greatest, but given the similarities between Tegra 2 and Tegra 3, I wouldn't expect the former to be too far behind.
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botero7781 - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkAny word on how soon we'll see ICS on the Verizon Xoom? It was supposed to be a GED, so I thought it would have already come down the pipe by now...
prdola0 - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkHello Anand,
thanks for the great news. I've read on Fudzilla that there were already some GLBenchmark results of Tegra 3 floating around. However they also wrote that the current test suite is heavily iOS optimized. Of course it might be just a FUD, but I wanted to ask if you ever ran into it or researched it somehow.
I was also wondering if there's a way to actually check if the test renders what it's supposed to render, because of the off-screen rendering mode? I am mentioning this because of my previous experience on AMD graphics with some game benchmarks with missing objects (not rendered soldiers) in Napoleon Total War (not saying it was intentional, guess it was just a bug, because it disappeared with newer issue of drivers). Thanks.
uhuznaa - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkI still think the "very beautiful transition effects" in ICS are just this: Gimmicky special effects. They are just confusing and help in no way with spatial orientation ("Where am I, how did I get here and how do I get back?"). When I look at them in the video they instead create a moment of confusion and dizziness, at least for me.
Apart from that I can't wait for more ICS tablets.
piiman - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - linkReally? do you get lost easy? I already have ICS on my fascinate and its not the least bit confusing. I haven't even noticed any transition effects. I also wouldn't be surprised if you can turn them off. (I haven't looked)
Camikazi - Saturday, November 26, 2011 - linkAren't all transition effects just gimmicky special effects though? They don't do anything but put a flashy little change when you go from one window to another. As for the confusion, I had no problem with it, doesn't seem hard to use or confusing in anyway to me.
MadMan007 - Sunday, November 27, 2011 - linkYeah, it's a funny quirk of human psychology that UIs which cover up the 'spinning hourglass' are thought of as smooth and slick when in reality they take no longer and actually more resources than simple 'waiting' icons.