So what is the big deal about the release of the source code? Well, for starters, smartphone manufacturers will have the recipe to start producing Android 4.0 updates for those models that they want to continue to support. And of course, there is all of those custom ROMs that we would expect to see coming from the developer community.
So is November 17th a locked-in date for the source code release, or is Shravan simply making public his best guess? We will know by Thursday. As for the U.S. launch date for the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it is in Verizon's hand and Big Red remains mum on the matter.