Surprise Surprise! Google has just pushed the much-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code to AOSP. Rumors earlier suggested that the ICS code will hit AOSP on the same as the Galaxy Nexus becomes available to the public i.e. on November 17th. Notion Ink’s CEO – Shravan – also said the same the thing in a blog post.
However, Google gave all the ROM developers a big surprise by pushing the code to AOSP, before the Galaxy Nexus retail availability.
What does this mean to us, normal Android handset users, you ask? Well, thanks to the ICS code going public, developers can now start working on bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based ROMs to your handsets, provided the handset is capable of running it. The team behind CyanogenMod (CM) – one of the most popular AOSP based custom ROM – will also start working on releasing CM9, based on Ice Cream Sandwich, for the handsets supported by them.
Users should expect some to see some alpha builds of Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs popping up on XDA forums in a few days, or maybe hours? Interested Android developers can get the procedure to sync the Ice Cream Sandwich source code from here.