Brace Yourself for ICS Custom ROMs as Google Sets to Unleash ICS Source Code Soon

October 21, 2011
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There are a lot of us who are tired of waiting for manufacturers and carriers to give us updates to the newest Android goodness that Andy Rubin and the Google Android team bring to the Android platform. We have found a kind of solution to this over the last couple of years–rooting our phones and installing a custom ROM. A lot of ROM developers create or modify their ROMs to include the latest Android updates pretty quickly so that if your phone is rooted, you can enjoy the latest and greatest from Google.

All that worked fine until Android 3.0 Honeycomb came out. The source code was never released, and as a consequence, Android modders could not make custom ROMs from Honeycomb.

Google released Honeycomb only half baked.  It was kind of a rushed update to Android since manufacturers were making tablets loaded with tablet-optimized versions of Android 2.1 Eclair and/or Android 2.2 Froyo as operating system.

In my opinion those tablet-optimized versions did not look as nice as they should have, but Honeycomb changed that. Honeycomb made tablets look sexy. So, the biggest reason why Honeycomb was not released was that it was only half-done, including no support for phones.

In a post on the Android Building Google Groups page, developer Dan Morrill mentioned that Google will “release the source for the recently-announced Ice Cream Sandwich soon, once it’s available on devices.” The Software Development Kit for Ice Cream Sandwich was made available on October 18, shortly after the much anticipated Samsung-Google event where the two companies announced the Galaxy Nexus along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Soon we should be seeing updated ROMs running Ice Cream Sandwich before we know it.  Modders and hackers are quick in dishing out their custom ROMs, and this time, we can expect them to once again manufacturers and carriers to the punch.

What Android device do you own and is it rooted?  What custom ROM is on it?  Is it better than stock Android?

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