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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: @AndroidDevAndroid Groups Page.
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    Andrew Alfieri
    8 years ago

    i had ICS port for my galaxy s i9000

    Andrew Alfieri
    8 years ago

     waiting for galaxy s2 release
     

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    8 years ago

    All these updates are making me hungry!

    padoo
    padoo
    8 years ago

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

    Buzz Moody
    8 years ago

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

    Sirrufio
    Sirrufio
    Reply to  Buzz Moody
    8 years ago

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

    Level380
    Level380
    Reply to  Buzz Moody
    8 years ago

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

    Daniel Tyson
    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  Buzz Moody
    8 years ago

    Have you asked Siri?

    Lobie81
    Lobie81
    8 years ago

    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
    Daniel Tyson
    8 years ago

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

    Dylan Xavier
    Reply to  Daniel Tyson
    8 years ago

    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
    Level380
    Reply to  Daniel Tyson
    8 years ago

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

    Andreas
    Andreas
    8 years ago

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

    Andreas
    Andreas
    Reply to  Justin Harvey
    8 years ago

    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
    Level380
    Reply to  Andreas
    8 years ago

    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
    Lobie81
    8 years ago

    Bring on CM9!

    Julian Pinget
    Reply to  Lobie81
    8 years ago

    CM8.

    getting a little ahead of us there, pal.

    Matt
    Matt
    Reply to  Julian Pinget
    8 years ago

    They’re calling it 9

    Skipping version 8

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Reply to  Julian Pinget
    8 years ago

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

    Level380
    Level380
    Reply to  Julian Pinget
    8 years ago

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

    Justin Harvey
    8 years ago

    “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.