Google releases Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code


Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Google has released the source code for Android 4.0. This is the first version of Android designed to run on both smartphones and tablets — but the version being released today is designed specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

The Nexus S will be the first product to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but now that the source code is being released it shouldn’t take long for independent developers to start tearing it apart and looking for ways to get it to run on other devices.

Smartphone and tablet makers will also likely be doing the same, which means that we could start to see additional devices shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months.

Google has just started to upload the source to the Android Open Source Project servers so it could be a few hours before everything is available for download.

As an interesting side note, the latest code push actually includes all previous versions of Android, including Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Google never released the source code for Honeycomb to the public until now, because the company felt it was incomplete and only suited for use on tablets, not phones.

via Android Central

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Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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  • Wildguess

    It is for Galaxy Nexus, not Nexus S.

  • ABHI

    I agree! Its for Galaxy Nexus but it will be first available for Nexus S among others.

  • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

    Sorry, it was a mental slip. I type Samsung and Nexus and next thing I know, my fingers are typing S. :)