So we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to come to our devices. Today is the first firm step in that process.

Google today announced today via their AndroidDev twitter account that the source code is now available for the general public. This means that manufacturers can start building the Android 4.0 updates for their devices. Most manufacturers get an early preview of the Android source code so they can start building their skins and prepping for it’s release, but by making this code publicly available it means community developers such as CyanogenMod and MIUI can start building their custom ROMs to fill the void while manufacturers go through lengthy internal and external testing cycles.

Considering the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) source code was never released to the general public, this will be the first time we could see a nice Tablet centric custom ROM.

So if you’re a developer, get cracking. If you’re a regular user, start getting excited, because with the release of the source code, we can guarantee that manufacturers will start to confirm which devices will recieve updates and possible start giving some dates for when the sugary goodness to hit phones.

Source(s): @AndroidDev, and Android Groups Page
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Alfieri/1391033134 Andrew Alfieri

    i had ICS port for my galaxy s i9000

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Alfieri/1391033134 Andrew Alfieri

     waiting for galaxy s2 release
     

  • Anonymous

    All these updates are making me hungry!

  • padoo

    Direct from twitter @cyanogen “We’re still going to get CM7.2 out the door while CM9 is being worked on.”

  • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

    This is all well and good but when will I see it on my iPhone 4S?

    • Sirrufio

      Yeah u’ll see it on your 4S…………never

    • Level380

      O_o? You OWN an iphone 4s! BAD YOU!!!

    • Daniel Tyson

      Have you asked Siri?

  • Lobie81

    To those talking about older devices, remember that ICS will run fine on a Nexus S, so you don’t need a dual core phone or anything fancy to run it. I think the biggest issue will be internal memory size for some of the older phones. HTC Desire comes to mind. I can’t see any reason why it won’t run on my Motorola Defy…

    Fingers crossed…

  • Daniel Tyson

    Starting to click check for updates on my Nexus S, which will arrive first, OTA ICS for Nexus S or my Galaxy Nexus??

    • http://twitter.com/xavierdylan Dylan Xavier

      forget getting ICS on ur Nexus S thru OTA’s. it will be quicker to venture over to XDA. remember ur nexus S(if brought thru voda) ICS update will be delayed just like all the other nexus S updates.

    • Level380

      As the Galaxy Nexus was the LAUNCH device, I would say that the Galaxy Nexus will arrive first before the Nexus S update

  • Andreas

    Not going to help those of us on older devices. ICS for the HTC Legend, I don’t think so.

    • http://twitter.com/JustnHarvey Justin Harvey
      • Andreas

        I have got CM7 on my device but I really doubt that the hardware (mainly CPU, RAM) would be up for running anything higher than Gingerbread.

      • Level380

        Google are saying if your device can run gingerbread then it should be able to run ICS….. So wait and see.

        Now if gingerbread is pushing your device to the limits, then maybe not. Looking at the HTC Legend, the specs are pretty average to poor for now current phones (lower than the nexus one, which is confirmed as not getting the update), so I wouldn’t be holding your breath for an update.

  • Lobie81

    Bring on CM9!

    • http://profiles.google.com/julian.pinget Julian Pinget

      CM8.

      getting a little ahead of us there, pal.

      • Matt

        They’re calling it 9

        Skipping version 8

      • Anonymous

        They call it CM9 to protest Google not releasing Honeycomb code.

      • Level380

        Honeycomb was meant to be CM8, but it was never released, so its going to be called CM9!

  • http://twitter.com/JustnHarvey Justin Harvey

    “If you’re a regular user, start getting excited, because with the release of the source code, we can guarantee that manufacturers will start to confirm which devices will recieve updates and possible start giving some dates for when the sugary goodness to hit phones.”Manufacturers smanufacturers. Come on XDA and Cyanogen! Papa wants a brand new rom.