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Samsung releases Android 4.0 ICS source code for Galaxy S2

This couldn't have come sooner for the Android development community
March 19, 2012

Rev your engines, Android developers, the Ice Cream Sandwich source code for the international version of Samsung Galaxy S2 is upon us. Yes, we’re talking about the same ICS that was just rolled out by the company to an exclusive few a couple of days back.

You can get the ICS kernel source code for your Galaxy S2 phone by going to Samsung’s Open Source Release Center website. There will be four zip files for you to download, once you do a search on the model number of the Samsung Galaxy S2; in this case, it’s the GT-I9100.

What effect would the source code have on the ordinary Joe and Jane and their Samsung Galaxy S2 phones? Probably not much and it probably won’t interest them at the slightest. But the source code does give Galaxy S2 developers, and there are thousands of them, reasons to cheer. Let’s just say that fully functioning and more advanced Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy S2 are in the cards.

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Based on reports from our readers, the official ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 has hit so far South Korea, Hungary, Poland,  UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Nepal, Philippine, Canada, Brazil, Estonia, Cyprus, Turkey, and probably some other regions. With many countries and many million owners of the phone that have yet to receive ICS update, we find it rather surprising that Samsung has decided to release the kernel source code so early in the game. If we had to guess, it is likely that the company is trying to push carriers to roll out the update faster.

With over 20 million units of Samsung Galaxy S2 sold, it is by the far the most popular Android smartphone in the world. But Samsung is hoping big time that the next iteration of the series will surpass this amazing achievement.