This week it appears that Google is nearly ready to start shipping out those Galaxy Nexus devices as the source for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been posted and is now available for download by anyone and everyone. The version that’s been posted is the same that we’ve seen sitting on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus when checking the device out in Hong Kong and London last month, and we expect it to be the same as what’s shipped with the Galaxy Nexus inside THIS month. Have a look at the source for yourself today!
Google notes through mister Jean-Baptiste Queru that at the Android Open-Source Project git servers you can now freely download the source code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. To access the build, head to source.android.com and follow the given instructions. What you’ll have to be aware of here that at least in the first few minutes and hours of this announcement being sent down, there’s going to be a massive demand for the files and you’ll likely not have a chance to grab anything until later tonight.
Google also says the following:
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
There’s also a bit of info on the Gerrit code review servers in that they’re not currently back online as of yet, but Google says they’re working on it. Another interesting bit of info here is that this release includes the source code for the Honeycomb releases as well – joy! Google does want you to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich though, so chill out or freak out, whatever you like. Now get to developing!