[ Update 2011-11-15: Wow, Shravan was wrong, and we're happy he was. We just received word that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been available from the source code repository since a few hours ago. Devs and modders are most likely in a mad rush to download the source code right now. But, that's okay--no more need to wait for November 17. Go get yourself some Ice Cream Sandwich. --Ed. ]
Android developers might want to mark November 17 on their calendars. Two days from now the source code of the upcoming Android 4.0Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) will become available according to Notion Ink founder and chief executive officer Rohan Shravan.
In his WordPress blog, Shravan let slip his expectation that the source code of ICS will be made publicly available and that the modding community will soon be abuzz with developers creating their own customized flavors of Android 4.0.
No official word has confirmed the supposed released date, although Shravan is quite knowledgeable of the goings-on in the Android development team and may have obtained insider info.
November 17 also happens to be date the Samsung Galaxy Nexus–the first smartphone to come preloaded with ICS–becomes available, despite rumors of a delay towards a December release which Samsung recently denied. Google previously stated that the ICS source code will be made available shortly after the phone’s launch.
Lucky owners of the Galaxy Nexus may not appreciate the arrival of the Android 4.0 source code, but developers and independent modders do. Its availability means widespread adoption of the latest version which will consequently widen the variety of phones that can support the Android operating system, even if official phone manufacturers decide not to update their older handsets.
Do you own an older Android handset that its manufacturer is not intending to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich? Perhaps some developer out there will create a customized ICS port for your phone. Isn’t that exciting?