Android 4.0(ICS) Source code released

Google have just announced that they are releasing the source code for Android 4.0 right now, The release date was scheduled for the 17th or so people assumed. The download is still pending to be complete and will be announced when it’s ready to be downloaded fully.A quick warning is that if you sync before the proper go ahead from the AOSP team, As you will get an incomplete download and it will be useless. So remain patient for now. This source is also said to include the course for Honeycomb, Which is the first time it has been shared to the outside world.

“Hi! We just released a bit of code we thought this group might be interested in.

Over at our Android Open-Source Project git servers, the source code for Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available. Here’s how to get it:

Follow the instructions at

Check out the’ics-release’ branch: 

repo init -u -b android-4.0.1_r1

That’s it!

However since this is a large push, please be aware that it will take some time to complete. If you sync before it’s done, you’ll get an incomplete copy that you won’t be able to use, so please wait for us to give the all-clear before you sync.

This is actually the source code for version 4.0.1 of Android, which is the specific version that will ship on the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 device. In the source tree, you will find a device build target named “full_maguro” that you can use to build a system image for Galaxy Nexus. Build configurations for other devices will come later.

Unfortunately we still don’t have our Gerrit code review servers back online. That remains our top priority though, and we hope to have them back soon.

This release includes the full history of the Android source code tree, which naturally includes all the source code for the Honeycomb releases. However, since Honeycomb was a little incomplete, we want everyone to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich. So, we haven’t created any tags that correspond to the Honeycomb releases (even though the

changes are present in the history.)

JBQ, on behalf of the AOSP team.”

That is the release directly from the AOSP team, Let’s hope it’s not to long before we start seeing Android 4.0 release for all are devices.

Source: AOSP Team(Google)

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