Android 4.0 Source Code Released
Jean-Baptiste Queru, Google software engineer, announce that the source code of Android 4.0 will be available for public download on Android Open Source Project version control repository. This statement is taken from Queru’s posting on an Android developers mailing list.
Android 4.0 or also known as Ice Cream Sandwich is latest version of Google Android operating system. Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone in the world that run Android 4.0, since the phone is engineered by Google itself with the help from Samsung. Back on October, the OS and the phone itself is already uncovered on HongKong. What makes ICS so special because this is the first Android OS that optimized for both smartphone and tablet device.
The public release for the source code is also important thing to wait. Because Google never release their Android tablet system code, as they did with Android Honeycomb. This mean that Android community out there can’t develop some custom ROM’s for Android tablet device like Motorola XOOM.
Google announce that Honeycomb code was not public released because they think that it is unsuitable for widespread availability. But the company is promised to support open-source policy on their next release. As said by Queru on his posting, that this release will include all the source code from Honeycomb. The Google engineer also stated that Honeycomb is a little incomplete, so he want all developer to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich.
The code released today could be a good news for independent Android developers and lower the tension between them and Google. It is also a good thing that Google release these codes before the ICS is actually released to public.