Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich early

Independent developers have already started porting Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to run on existing devices such as the Samsung Nexus S and HTC Nexus One smartphones. But since those ports are based on the Android SDK emulator rather than the official source code, they’re still rough around the edges and not everything works.

But if you just want to make your phone look like it’s running Android 4.0, you can already do that.

The easiest way is to install a custom theme designed to feature Ice Cream Sandwich-style graphics and fonts. Reddit user donkeedong has posted all the links you’ll need to get started — assuming you’re running a phone with CyanogenMod 7.1. That’s a custom, open source version of Android that’s available for more than 60 different Android phones and tablets.

If you’ve installed CM7.1 on your phone, you can install a custom theme for Ice Cream Sandwich, add Android 4.0 icons, wallpapers, and other graphics, and install the new Roboto font.

You can also install an app that replaces the traditional lock screen with one that works more like Ice Cream Sandwich — and an ICS theme to match.

Or you could just wait until Android 4.0 is actually available for your device.

Brad Linder

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