Nov 13 AT 6:58 PM Nick Gray 42 Comments

Rumor: Android 4.0 source code to be released on November 17


The wait may finally be over! According to Rohan Shravan, founder and CEO of Notion Ink, Google will most likely release the source code for Android 4.0 on November 17. Rohan has very strong ties to the Android development community, but we’re not sure if the November 17 date is simply his best guess or if he has internal knowledge that has not yet been revealed to the public. Either way, next week should be pretty exciting for Android fans.

The November 17 date is in sync with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus rumored release date for the UK. This should be great news for those planning to buy the new Ice Cream Sandwich phones. Google did say they would release the Android 4.0 source code after the phone’s official launch.

Anyone who buys the Samsung Galaxy Nexus could probably care less about when the source code is released, since their handset will already have all the latest treats Google has cooked up. But that’s not the case for everyone else. Once Google makes the Android 4.0 source code available to the public, that’s when the real magic starts. OEMs will start working on their official Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the phones they decide to support, and the development community will tear the code apart and put it back together as they create custom ROMs for all the devices that we already own.

How many of you are hoping to have a custom Android 4.0 ROM powering your current Android phone this holiday season?

Via: AndroidOS

Source: NotionInk

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Josh McAllister

    ICS on my EVO3D? That would be awesome! CM9 FTW!

    • NotRelevent

      CM9? What happened to CM8?

      • fatspirit

        Skipped as Honecomb sources was never released.

  • chris

    Maybe then they will finally release the galaxy nexus. Come on Google and VZW!!!

    • Jason H

      I’m thinking it’s going to be the November 21st rumored date for a US release of the Galaxy Nexus. The contest on twitter @googlenexus runs until that date. Seems a little coincidental.

  • WarDrake

    It’s not happening, Google was clear, source code will come a couple weeks after the launch of the new nexus, 17 is the date of the phone release, not the source code…

    that being said, i already switched to CM7 so i cam make the fastest move to CM9, just waiting on the first custom ICS ^_^

    • geezagame

      I’ve just been into phones4U and the sales guy said they are selling the Galaxy Nexus starting 16th November……1 day earlier than the supposed official launch date announced by Samsung

  • mirek

    I am curious if low end device such as lg optimus one will get custom rom with ics and also I am really curious if there will be transformer ICS rom earlier from xda than from asus

    • protozeloz

      Depends, how much memory the phone has? Anything with storage around the size of the nexus one will simply not fit

      • fatspirit

        Even if there’s some EXT place present?

        • Legend

          Then its a custom rom for you!

          • themanwithsauce

            From what I recall, part of ICS was “unification” not just of tablet and phone OS but UI themes as well. The idea being that by making it easier to skin the OS with a custom UI, manufacturers and carriers would be able to push updates faster. However, I think this caused the OS to swell in total memory size and useage (don’t know specifics obviously). Some of the higher end, late 2010 and early 2011 phones devices (D2G, SGS line, T-bolt, Atrix 1, etc…) should run custom ROMs but with a bit of difficulty. I’d expect those phones without front mount cameras and NFC chips to run roms with those setions of code support entirely eliminated for a smaller memory footprint. But still, there’s a certain amount of bulk that will just HAVE to exist on it.

            Long story short – people who bought their phone as a mid or low range device in 2010 will likely NOT be able to run ICS even as a custom ROM. As for the transformer prime I believe it is launching with ICS now. THat was part of the delay. Could be wrong but I think that’s the latest news.

  • protozeloz

    Wonder if will have a stable CM by December, also I want to see how fast manufacturers Make updates this time ,its the biggest promise

    • fatspirit

      If you mean 2011 Dec then you won’t as it will take about 3-4 month to release stable CM9.

  • Vignesh

    CM9 on hp touchpad…. FTW!!!!

    • protozeloz

      That’s the plan :D

    • Nick Gray

      I’m hoping for the same. I plan on giving the touchpad to my dad for christmas, but the current android build just doesnt do the trick

    • charliethesuperturtle

      Better than sliced bread with butter to me
      ah sweet bread I mean ugh touchpad

  • Marcus Nolasco

    I really want this to be true. Hopefully I’ll be seeing CM9 on my Nexus One soon :)

    • fatspirit

      Just like me – want ICS on hardware brother of Nexus One – HTC Desire (:

  • DroidSamurai

    Considering the OG Droid is already having troubles running Gingerbread smoothly, ICS on it probably won’t worth the troubles. I am going to get the Galaxy Nexus anyway, so it wouldn’t matter much to me. But I will keep the OG Droid at home and use it for various things. If there’s a stable/usable ICS custom ROM, I would love to give it a try.

  • AnthonyRyan

    I just wanna see ICS on my Sensation 4g

    • Ironzey

      Ditto, so I can sell it and buy the Nexus.

  • spencer

    New to Android and I love my new Droid galaxy s2. Can’t wait for 4.0

  • Nate B.

    I just want a pure port to y Epic Touch 4G and I’ll be good. When the update goes out to the Nexus S/4G I think I will put my ET4G back in the box. I doubt a port will beat the official update. I don’t want a tweaked out or themed version either. Its just fine. If anything, maybe one that can be overclocked and that’s about it.

  • ben dover

    come on CM team! hold me over on my evo until the galaxy nexus comes out on other carrier other than verizon!

  • Julio Chavez

    ICS on my G1 is all it takes to make me a happy man!

  • mattcoz

    COULDN’T care less. Saying they could care less means they do care.

    • Nick Gray

      Exactly. That’s why I used the word probably in there as a qualifier. I’m not going to make the assumption that I know how ever Galaxy Nexus owner will not case about the ICS source code, but it’s most likely lower on their priority list than getting the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Rubrewskey

    I’m wondering what will come first. SGN for Tmo or an ICS rom for my Sensation. Probably the latter. Which isn’t a bad thing. I love the build of my Sensation.

  • Kenny Strawn

    November 17 happens to be the day that the Galaxy Nexus will launch in the UK. Even though it won’t be available in the US until Week 48 (according to a leaked Samsung roadmap), at least it will still be out in another country, which is enough to warrant Google releasing the source code.

    • chris

      That roadmap was proved wrong. I think nexus will be state side sooner than you think.

  • asuwish1979

    Anyone know if we will be able to buy one unlocked from overseas? And if so, would it work on T-mobile USA’s 3g AND 4g hspa+ bands?

    • Usman Ansari

      Yes, if you import one, it’ll work on both AT&T and T-mobile. It’s a pentaband chipset, iirc.

    • @BiGMER F

      Yes it will..I already ordered mines. Should be here Saturday

  • KatSelezneva

    I hope, they won’t delay this release anymore. There are too many rumors around Android 4.0 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But I think, the ICS is worth it. It has already given awesome opportunities to Android developers: A dessert for developers: Some Ice Cream Sandwich, please!

  • Dave

    Hey Nick!
    It’s “couldn’t care less”, NOT “could care less” (excluding the “probably” that you used to split up the phrase).

    Here are some visual aids for you:

  • user X

    The fact that 3rd party companies have to do all the work to be compatible with each new GOS is fucking pathetic.

    Like google goes “here ya go! heres ics! have fun learning what we did”

    and samsung says .. ughh, we’ll have cyanogen look at it, cause we dont know DICK

  • Nick Gray

    I know the MC team will be pushing alpha builds pretty quickly, but I’m actually excited to see what OEMs will be doing with the code. Official ICS updates are still months away, but we typically see leaked builds about 60-45 days before they are released.

  • AnthonyRyan

    Thinking how ics will look with sense 3.0 3.5 or 4.0 whichever my device will get or with touchwiz 4.0.?

  • pritams

    well said…