The Nexus One is supposed to be one of only two Android-powered phone that can receive OTA vanilla firmware updates, but it would seem that such a luxury means nothing to an enterprising developer. Apparently, a group of hackers who have gotten a little impatient about having to wait for the official Honeycomb build have gone ahead and cooked their very own such ROM. The caveat? The holes in its usability outnumber those found in a block of Swiss cheese.
Do you own a smartphone which happens to be powered by Google's Android operating system? If you do, chances are you should be no stranger to the healthy demand for custom ROMs, which supposedly offers users added benefits over OEM-supplied ROMs such as better battery life, improved performance, or even the ability to install newer builds of Froyo which the OEM has got no intention of supporting.
Of course, the last 'benefit' mentioned above does not really apply if the user happens to be using an official Google-branded smartphone such as the Nexus One or the Nexus S, especially when these particular handsets are capable of receiving OTA firmware updates directly from Google itself. However, it seems that a group of developers who have gotten impatient with Google's slow progress on the upcoming Honeycomb build has taken matters into their own hands. And their response? A custom Honeycomb ROM cooked specially for the Google Nexus One.
According to a forum posting made on XDA-Developers, the cooked Honeycomb ROM should install into any Nexus One smartphone, although its usability is anything but smooth. Apparently, the successful installation of Honeycomb into the Nexus One is the only thing that works right now for the smartphone: almost every single other critical feature such as phone calls, WiFi, Bluetooth, sound, 3G are non-functional. In short, a Nexus One flashed with the custom Honeycomb build is nothing more than a black brick with a nice digital user interface and more usability holes than an actual honeycomb.
Of course, this means that the custom Honeycomb ROM for the Nexus One is definitely not intended to be used by end users. The forum post on XDA-Developers also backs this claim, stating that there are easily 'a million (issues)' with functionality at the moment and is intended for developers who desire a clean vanilla build for tackling very specific issues.
And no, we are not going to tell you how you can root your Nexus One and install the cooked Honeycomb ROM, simply because there is enough information floating about the web for that kind of instructions.