As we mentioned previously that its known that most Gingerbread based smartphones should be able to get Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 treatment. And more specifically Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) is likely to get the update sooner than later considering the close relationship between the Samsung and Google these days. And why not ? Samsung is already the largest manufacturer of the Android based handsets and is expected to even outpace the Apple in terms of total smartphone shipments this quarter. Similarly, we had a statement from HTC that they are closely evaluating the new Ice Cream Sandwich, and they may also push the update for the existing popular handsets such as HTC Sensation and other recently released devices very soon. Other Android OS partners are also expected to join the party soon. But that is only regarding the official stock firmware ROM updates from the Samsung and other vendors.
As for the more advanced Android users that like to tinker or play around with the 3rd party custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, MIUI etc. may also have luck very soon. Likely even earlier than the stock firmware releases from the manufactures like Samsung! This is because as soon as Galaxy Nexus gets the retail availability its expected that Google will also release the source code for the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), and then developers can start working on the custom ROM development such as the teams from XDA forums working at CyanogenMod based on the latest ICS base. A new SDK with the set of APIs has already been released by Google. Acceding to the recent reports as the Galaxy Nexus is going to be available in November, so with it Google will also release the source code for the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). As soon as the source code is released for the ICS Android community developers are expected to kick-in to start building the community driven ROM ports for the popular distributions like CyanogenMod, MIUI. At least very first of these open-source custom built ROMs should be available even before the years end in particular for the very popular devices such as Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) and some HTC devices. Imminent source code release for the ICS have also been confirmed by the developer Dan Morrill who mentioned that Google will “release the source for the recently-announced Ice Cream Sandwich soon, once it’s available on devices.”
FYI, Google never released the source code for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb and it resulted in no any community driven ROMs based on CyanogenMod, MIUI. But this is going to change with the ICS as this recent Ice Cream Sandwich is aimed squarely at both tablets as well as smartphones eliminating the need to maintain two separate version like before (Android 2.x for handsets and Android 3.x for Tablets). In fact, Ice Cream Sandwich takes a lot of visual cues from the Honeycomb which will be of course now available on the smartphones as well. Keep your fingers crossed for the Ice Cream Sandwich ROM ports for the Samsung Galaxy S2 once the source code is released by the Google next month.
In the mean time, have a look at our recent articles: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Review of Best New Features and as well as: Some Impressive Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Features That You Don’t Know! to get hang of what the recent ICS craze is all about!
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