A Google software engineer has just confirmed that Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) source code is now available finally. In fact, this is the source code of Android 4.0 that is going to ship with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. As we all know that whenever Google works on a new Android version its source code is only available to the launch partner during this time and other partners must wait until the source code (ASOP) is released officially. In this case, the launch partner for Google as we know is Samsung with the Galaxy Nexus that should be available pretty soon. So with the ASOP availability other hardware vendors will also now have access to the Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich source code. Now all the Android device partners have their work cut out to port the Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich to their respective devices including the porting of the firmware, optimizing validating etc. for their respective hardware platforms. Of course, it can be assumed that newer devices will get the priority for the Ice Cream Sandwich port. If the things go smoothly then we can expect the first ports to appear before the year end at least for some popular tablets and handsets. But only time will tell for sure.
Hi! We just released a bit of code we thought this group might be interested in.
Over at our Android Open-Source Project git servers, the source code
for Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available.
Here’s how to get it:Follow the instructions at
http://source.android.com/source/downloading.htmlCheck out the
‘ics-release’ branch:repo init -u
https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b android-4.0.1_r1
That’s it! However since this is a large push, please be aware that it
will take some time to complete. If you sync before it’s done, you’ll
get an incomplete copy that you won’t be able to use, so please wait
for us to give the all-clear before you sync.
This is actually the source code for version 4.0.1 of Android, which
is the specific version that will ship on the Galaxy Nexus, the first
Android 4.0 device. In the source tree, you will find a device build
target named "full_maguro" that you can use to build a system image
for Galaxy Nexus. Build configurations for other devices will come
You might also be interested to have a look at the article: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) ROM Port – CyanogenMod, MIUI Release Date Expectations.
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