Home / Uncategorized / Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code is now available
Google promised, and Google delivered: the source code to Google Android 4.0.1, codenamed �Ice Cream Sandwich,� has been released to the open source community. You can check it in this thread. And as a nice side bonus, the code now available encompasses the complete source code history tree, which includes the never-before-open Android Honeycomb family …

Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code is now available

Google promised, and Google delivered: the source code to Google Android 4.0.1, codenamed �Ice Cream Sandwich,� has been released to the open source community. You can check it in this thread. And as a nice side bonus, the code now available encompasses the complete source code history tree, which includes the never-before-open Android Honeycomb family of releases.

I�m not a developer, so I�ll defer to Google Android Open-Source Project software engineer Jean-Baptiste M. �JBQ� Queru�s post to the Android Building mailing list for details:

This is actually the source code for version 4.0.1 of Android, which is the specific version that will ship on the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 device. In the source tree, you will find a device build target named �full_maguro� that you can use to build a system image for Galaxy Nexus. Build configurations for other devices will come later.
Later in the same post, he writes:
This release includes the full history of the Android source code tree, which naturally includes all the source code for the Honeycomb releases. However, since Honeycomb was a little incomplete, we want everyone to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich. So, we haven�t created any tags that correspond to the Honeycomb releases (even though the changes are present in the history.)
This is a very cool thing for Google to do – I stand by my opinion that Google had been misrepresenting the openness of the Android operating system to everybody up to and including the US Senate, but this goes a long way towards realigning perception with reality.
But on the other hand, it seems pretty transparent that they only did it for fear that Google�s rushed Motorola Mobility buy coupled with the closed Google Android 3.0 release tree would intensify the scrutiny on the search giant at a time when it can�t afford much more of the legal spotlight.
There�s no point looking a gift horse in the mouth, though, and I�m looking forward to seeing what the Android hacker community puts together with Ice Cream Sandwich as its new foundation.

About Tanveer

Check Also

Seven Alternatives to the Official Facebook Application

Seven Alternatives to the Official Facebook Application   If we asked Android users to which application they have more mania, probably Facebook would take the cake. In the beginning, it was very slow and heavy, and after many years of tireless effort of its engineers, now it can be said that it is simply heavy. …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Partner links

  • UA-105717619-1