Ice Cream Sandwich will be made open-source, after Galaxy Nexus release

Ice Cream Sandwich will be made open-source, after Galaxy Nexus release
After Android 3.0 Honeycomb never made it to be part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), we didn't want to assume anything when it came to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it looks like everything is going to be back on track. 

An Android engineer, Dan Morrill aka morrildl, told the good folks on in the Android Building Google Group that the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich will be put into the AOSP repositories, but not until after it has been made available on devices. Given that we haven't been given an exact date for the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, that means we also don't have a real window for the release of the source code. 

It seems fairly safe to assume the ICS code will be made open source next month. So, if we're really lucky, we'll be seeing Cyangogen 9 start hitting devices early 2012 sometime. 

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25 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I haven't been this excited about any OS since 2.0 on the OG Droid. This is going to be freaking awesome. I cannot wait to eat some ICS =)

2. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

I second that notion.

19. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

im excited too. i hope it launches with less lag than what was seen at the hands on offering. i havent read much about rootability, boot loaders, custom roms. i guess its not really known how much is needed. anyone know anything?

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

boot loader will be unlocked like the other nexus, so you will see CM9 really soon and root too, Ill give them two weeks or less to have it rooted and running CM

3. eaphx

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 24, 2011

Bring the galaxy nexus home with ice cream sandwich

4. caboarder

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 26, 2010

This looks great. Seems I jumped on a Thunderbolt too soon :( I did the same thing with the Original Droid although my wife is still using it now.

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I am hoping now that ICS is on it's way and brings so many improvements and new features that HTC, Samsung, and Motorola for example will stop using their custom skins on future ICS devices. They can add their widgets and some features to it but not completely customize it. This will help reduce annoying bugs and slow future updates. I really think they should use stock ICS on every future android phone, still giving you the ability to root and put custom roms, still giving you the ability to download launchers, but keeping them all ICS at the beginning will be better in the end.

6. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

i agree

7. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i kind of like how Motorola is skinning Honeycomb on the XOOM 2 variants. they use their icons and the function keys look different but it still has the classic Honeycomb look all around. i hope Moto does that with ICS on our Droids.

8. SuperMECD

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Or the UI Skins ought to optional, as e.g. in some zte phones, where the user is offered to chose between either using the manufacturer's UI or just Vanilla Android. I'd like the Idea of switchung arounud between HTC Sense and this new Roboto thing

9. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I agree with Rory all the way. They need to make ICS the base of Android, and just build off of it. No more theming from different companies. Everyone should use the same source. Example: HTC has some of the best builds on a phone (as far as parts go), the phones are solid, big screens, etc. But, the Sense needs to go, it makes Android look rigid and doesn't have any taste. Samsung is killing it with all of the colors IMO. Hopefully ICS is a huge hit, like many of us think it is. I believe stuff like Sense, and quality of phones has A LOT to do with why people go to Apple products. The older generations of Android didn't have a great build, with the most advanced internals like we have now. If it is a solid trip to ICS, I believe Android will force IOS out of the way. If Apple can just copy, or try to make things better, then we need to make it better in a farther stretch. I can see Android making huge jumps from here on out.

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

One thing I respect about wm7 is the fact that Microsoft allows others to make their phones but makes sure it meets the system requirements and keeps its stock operating system. Android is an open source and it should remain but ICS is good enough it doesn't need custom skins hogging down and underpowering it. Honestly a 1ghz single core processor works fine on stock android but with custom skins its too much and it makes it slow and laggy and brings bugs. There's not enough stock android phones and too many skined ones. I don't want this to happen to ICS. It brings a lot of awesome features and adding a skin over it will just slow it down and make it buggy. I want to see all ICS phones get timely updates that are close apart unlike how it is now. Where the Thunderbolt, Droid Charge, etc are still waiting to get GB.

17. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

You're right, the way Microsoft deals with WP7 allows users to get devices from multiple manufacturers, but ensures that all users are getting a good experience. Enforcing a set of minimum requirements would go a long way in reducing fragmentation as well. However, this kind of differentiation might be what is so attractive to Android users. With WP7, there are several devices out there to choose from, but they all give you the same experience. With Android, the experience that you get is unique to the device that you choose - sometimes it turns out to be good, and sometimes it turns out to be bad, but you get to choose your experience, to an extent. But this is coming from a non-Android user, so you guys may feel differently.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

7Google open will have it own mess but in the and I do believed it will our class Ios just example of 80s the Mac was the first with window idea but Microsoft took the idea and run away with. And android will do the same way, science is trial and error .... with open source developer can explore their radical ideas. What workand wh/at not ininstead one guy tell them that is the only wait. Watch mewhen I say this Anroid/window will be next the next OS to be intergrate in our military system battle field not the IOS until then the whole world will get the sense of success of open source. On other hand, open source get more popular the more for priracy and virus attack. On the battle field is the place for ultimate test of all toys and ideas, the best come out in the end.

11. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

hurry up and release already! (and do it on ATT also..)

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I wonder what happened, to the apple fanboys?? Its like they suddenly disappeared? Lol O,o

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Some are Banned for calling people fag or spam or Giving peoples names among other

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

we respect and not troll like you guys,,,,, is your time,, enjoy it

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You sure didn't saw taco flipping over google voice getting MMS Support

18. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i think the "fanboys" are less likely to come in to an android article than fandroids are to come in to an apple article. i really wish the comments could be limited to topical, respectful discussion. i know the site is trying, so it should improve.

20. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

you probably fell inlove with the RAZR, ICS and Galaxy Nexus..

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Ha! Taco called me an Android fanboy in the review of the Nexus/ICS announcement. You gotta call your team together, you've got a rogue. I'm guessing by next week, we'll be back to having people call the site iPhoneArena anyway...

24. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

damn Phone Arena Double Agents. xD

23. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well you don't. i don't really find you annoying gallito. you got to admit it's getting harder and harder for anyone with any sense to troll on Google's latest Android feats.

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Riiiiight... I'm gonna go ahead and have to point out that back when I was originally shopping for a computer the Apple fans then (fewer, but just as passionate) would come into PC forums reiterating over and over that the PC people should have got a Mac. I can respect Apple's walled garden business strategy. I can respect a charismatic, passionate leader who tends towards obsession. What steers me away from Apple products time and time again is the emotional attachment to an object the fans exhibit. No one should be that condescending and egotistical over plastic, metal, and glass. Define your device, don't let your device define you.

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