Oct 19 AT 9:31 PM Dustin Earley 35 Comments

Ice Cream Sandwich source code will be available soon; Get ready for ROMs!


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.

Via: Phandroid

Source: Google Groups

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • johnd

    Cant wait to put it on my thunderbolt! HTC may take months to ruin it with their skins before they release it.

    • Andrea Timmons

      gosh this new UI is a big big mess!
      ICS seems to be a huge blunder and a desaster for developers…


      • Matty

        What are you talking about? Don’t fear change, embrace it. ICS is a logical and eloquent step forward for Android. And I for one can’t wait to either get it on my Incredible, or just upgrade come November. What is the reasoning behind calling it a disaster? Or are you just a troll?

    • mike

      then root it and quit complaining.

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  • kwills88

    Make sense as to why they’d wait to release it, a lot of people wouldn’t need a reason to get the galaxy nexus if ICS was getting made into roms for other high end devices.

  • ticalthepimp

    It almost seems that Google is counting on the modding community to get ICS out to alternate carriers. Seems they might be trying to quell the massive tide of resentment from the community if the Nexus Galaxy doesn’t make it to all carriers anytime soon.

    • NotRelevent

      It’s the Galaxy Nexus, not Nexus Galaxy.

      • ticalthepimp

        Good one…ZING.

    • http://www.gnurou.org Gnurou

      Well, the community does a much nicer and more timely job in producing ROMs that the carriers anyway.

  • wasim

    Cyanogen is probably drooling…..as is the rest of the Android development community! Can’t wait!

    • Bpear96

      SO glad my Phone is offically supported by Cyanogen mod!! :D (galaxy s ii INTERNATIONAL) but still, i wish i would have waited for this nexus.

      • Jasonhunterx

        That Is just for one version but you will still get it anyway since that is most popular phone

    • Matty

      I can’t wait to get this on my Nook Color, tired of not having a true tablet rom on there, even though the GB rom works ok.

  • coyotejbob

    I hope ics makes it to the sensation. Nodded or not. I also wish that I could remove sense with the upgrade process or make it an option at least.

  • spintrex

    Just entered the Android community last week after upgrading to an Epic 4G Touch. Saw last night’s ICS debut and wowzah! How long would it take for the dev community to send us a slice of that cool frosty ICS pie?

    • Dustin Earley

      After the source drops, shouldn’t be more than a month if the Epic 4G Touch has a strong dev backing. And I’m sure a device like that does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mula951 OskarMULA

    What if the Galaxy Nexus is really an exclusive device for Verizon, like the Droid was! And a real Nexus device is coming soon! Cause why would Google let Samsung name it a Galaxy?!? But then Again why would Google name it Nexus?!? :-/ I just Hope this does come to T-MOB (T-Mobile) cause I am NOT going to Verizon! F*** THAT! Lol!

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      When Google decided not to release source codes for Honeycomb and explained why they wanted to wait for ICS, some people came out and insisted there were other reasons behind that.

      When the Galaxy Nexus launch was delayed and Google came out and said they were paying respect to Jobs, some people came out and insisted that there were other reasons behind that.

      You can think any way you want, but learn to trust other people when their explanation makes sense.

      • Rockinevo

        They didn’t release honeycomb because its made for tablets and didn’t want anyone trying to put in on the phone’s, main reason for ICS so it can mix honeycomb and the new os everything can now come together. Haven’t you read the articles lol

    • RockinEvo

      It will be exclusive for a couple months or so then hit other providers, the keynote told you that just by showing off the HSPA that tmo n att uses, (sprint lets hope for the best) and maybe Google went with Samsung because the amount of phones they sold caught their attention

      • Matty

        Samsung built the Galaxy S as well. Which was on T-Mo and Sprint (T-Mo had exclusivity for a few months).

    • Bpear96

      Lol im sorry, i just have to say, what was the point of putting, T-MOB then, (T-Mobile)? :P its not like you wrote less or anything, actually more.

  • Rayanmx

    Bring it on!

    ICS all the way!

  • medwa

    Ill bet my OG Incredible will run ICS like a champ.

    • inviolable

      Well, a retired champ

  • poupoune

    I want it so badly on my HTC Legend T_T I’m in love with this new version of Android. It just seems so perfect <3 I'd like my Legend to be a few months older. Warranty would be off and I wouldn't be so afraid to root it !

  • iten

    I’m just hoping that ICS will be able to be ported over onto my good old Hero, otherwise it really looks like it’s time for an upgrade…

    • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

      i think the hero will struggle with this lol.

      but o’ve been wrong before. i think an upgrade may be in order sir :)

      as an active member of the modding community i understand why HC never came to source but with ICS all can be forgiven.

      i am buying the nexus and will use the source to cook something up for the dhd and inspire4g as soon as i can. :)

      • iten

        If it does struggle (and I think it may), I may buy the Galaxy Nexus or another newer android phone. My Hero has been acting very weirdly lately. :\

  • Black Kristos

    Good news for my MT3G 1.0!!! ;)

  • droiddewd

    The Transformer is suppose to be one of the first tabs to get ICS so I hope that happens soon otherwise I’m hoping the mod community jumps on it quick. But Asus has been fairly good about updates and HC runs nice on this already so I might be able to survive for another month or so ;)

  • Rashad

    Still trucking with my Nexus one, can’t wait to get me some ICS!

  • richwb

    It’ll be welcomed in the Vaelpak community! Biding my time…

    HTC EVO4g
    VaelPak Gingerbread AOSP ver. 0.2.2
    Tiamat_Evo kernel ver. 3.3.7-SBC+
    Undervolted -100mV, CPU frequency 128/499 MHz
    $martA$$ On demand CPU gov’s

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