We are sure this is one thing almost all Android developers have been patiently waiting for. Anyway, news is that Google has finally released the source code for the latest version of its Android operating system – Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. In a forum post at the official “Android Building” Group on Google Groups, Google’s software Engineer Jean Baptiste M revealed details about the latest release.
The current release is the source code for Android version 4.0.1 which is the same as the version running on the first Ice Cream Sandwich based device – the Google Galaxy Nexus – announced just last month. That said, Google has promised that build configurations for other ICS compatible handsets are in the pipeline as well.
Another interesting facet to this release is the fact that Google has also included full history of the Android source code. Now, this also means that this release would also include all the source code for all Honeycomb releases until now. However, Google has requested users to “concentrate” on ICS rather than Honeycomb! That’s one request which we are sure not many of them would not pay heed to!
A developer also asked Google as to how soon they can expect ICS device set ups to be released for devices like the Honeycomb powered Motorola Xoom and the Nexus S – to which the engineer replied that it would happen as soon as Google feels that the set up files are ready for consumer release.
In short, he shied away from giving us all a time frame when that would happen. Anyway, we presume, Google has provided you developers with enough goodies to play around with for the time being.