Installed Android 4.0.1 on my Cortex A9 (First impression)

3. January 2012 20:59 by Ron in   //  Tags:   //   Comments

The Cortex A9 I bought comes with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) but that is not really a tablet OS. Google did not
release the source code for Android 3, the tablet version, so there is no Chinese tablet with this version available.

Zenithink, the manufacturer of the ZT-280 C91 (the official name of the A9) released a Beta version of
Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0, is the first hybrid Android OS. It can be used on phones and tablets. I could not
wait to install it and test it….

So I did:

I charged the tablet fully and started flashing it with the 4.0.1 image. After installation, takes about 2 minutes, it
boots up with the known blue Zepad screen.

After booting I had to complete the setup wizard and enter my Gmail account to complete it.

The locked screen looks a bit different from the previous versions:
You have to swipe the lock to a position that is shown when you touch the lock.

As you can see the information bar is now at the bottom of the screen, with the previous versions it was at the top of the screen.



The home screen is similar to what we know, icons on the background. The icons are a bit bigger and you can not but them at the edge of the screen but it  still looks nice.

The icon to go to the drawer is at the right top.


Inside the drawer the icons are also a bit larger and widgets can not be found by holding your finger at the home screen but can be found in a tab in the drawer.

Also a shortcut to the market can be found at the right top corner of the drawer.



shot_000005 The markets looks just as before on the tablet.



The settings tool looks a bit different, better.
as you see on the screenshot it keeps track of your data usage, can come in handy..



shot_000008 I took it of the charger 11 hours, 42 minutes and 32 seconds ago and still I got 69% left.
Today I used it to communicate with MSN, read some mail and installed some software.
Just an average day you could say.

Not too bad for a cheap ass tablet.



I left the tablet standby during the night and turned it on at 6:35 this morning.
As you can see it has now 19% power left after 21 hours, 51 minutes and 34 seconds.

Looks good after one day, not sure if I found any bugs…

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