Ice Cream Sandwich ROM

Google hasn’t yet released the source code for Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But that hasn’t stopped independent developers from working to port Google’s latest operating system to run on existing hardware.

The Android 4.0 software developer kit includes an emulator that lets you explore Ice Cream Sandwich on a desktop computer. The idea is that app developers can see how their apps work before deploying them. But since Google never released the source code for Android 3.x Honeycomb, hackers got pretty good at taking the emulator image and modifying it to run on phones and tablets.

Now Android Central forum member beezy has started to port Ice Cream Sandwich to run on the Samsung Nexus S 4G smartphone.

Much of the hardware is still unsupported, but it’s pretty impressive to see the phone boot the operating system at all, considering the SDK was released just a few days ago.

Development of custom ROMs based on Ice Cream Sandwich will probably pick up even more steam when Google releases the source code — which is likely to happen in the coming weeks.

via Android Central

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...