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

by: AlexanderOctober 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?

  • Jlgroves12

    inspire 4g running CM7.1 stable. Ran nightlies for a long time but decided to go with stable just for peace of mind. I hope that the large inspire/DHD development community is quick with a good ICS release. Fingers crossed for CM9 by end of the year!

  • samsung galaxy s 2 with MIUI ROM that’s run like a charm, i change it to CYANOGENMOD because of my needs, i made both of backup, i prefered MIUI style but CYANOGENMOD is mire pratical…

  • Dan

    Rooted Thunderbolt currently running Virus Rom. The rom is great but battery life seems to be worse on an already horrible battery life phone so I will be replacing it again. Still way better than Stock plus tethering on 4G LTE is awesome :-P

  • Ion

    What means “soon”
    An estimate date?
    I think that “soon” actually means notsosoon (read it very late) end of november. (i’m just tired of all this waiting :{

  • Anonymous

    I’m running SuperOSR v2.1.0 which is Gingerbread 2.3.7 and core on a Nexus One. The rom is very much a collaborative hybrid with the latest Gingerbread, custom core and added goodies from Cyanogen. My phone is more responsive than it ever was, has better battery life and not to mention the coolness factor of the multi-colour trackball notifications which wasn’t available in the stock rom.

  • I have a rooted Nook Color. I’m waiting for the geniuses at cyanogenmod to bring me an ice cream sandwich.

  • Fruitful

    Samsung Galaxy S2, rooted, litening rom, works great, will put in the ice cream sandwich and munch as soon as first custom rom hits the street

  • Kjfisher

    Desire hd running leedroid with sense 3.0, oc to 1.5 ghz, runs great, very stable,
    I would like ics hell yeah!

  • MGH

    HTC Sensation running Mike’s Android Revolution HD 3.6.3 – Bricked kernel 0.91v O/C to 1.9GHz. Battery life is much better than the Vodafone bloat ROM it came with.