The Android modding community may not be the majority when it comes to Android users in general, but they are by far the most passionate and vocal. When Google didn’t release the source code for Honeycomb, devout hackers were irritated to say the least. Google has explained why they did this, which for the most part makes a lot of sense.
When Google first pushed Honeycomb out the door, it was half-baked. There was absolutely no phone support built in, and if a corner could be cut during the production process, it was. Google feared that if they released the source code for Honeycomb, developers would make it their mission to put the OS on a phone. And with no support for phones, well, you can do the math. It wouldn’t turn out well for developers, end users or Google’s good name. Fortunately, that will not be the case with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Made public in a post on the Android Building Google Groups page, developer Dan Morrill mentioned that Google will “release the source for the recently-announced Ice Cream Sandwich soon, once it’s available on devices.” Last night, Google released the SDK for Ice Cream Sandwich, but was mum on when the source code would be released. As a result, developers felt left down and abandoned once again. The news that Google will release the source along with the Galaxy Nexus in November comes as great news. Before you know it, developers will be beating manufacturers to the punch once again, putting Ice Cream Sandwich on any and every device possible.