The code of the Google’s latest mobile operating system Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has now been open sourced.
A November 14, Groogle Group post by Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru, software engineer on the Android Open Source Project, announced the release “Over at our Android Open-Source Project git servers, the source code for Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available.”
“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,” said JBQ.
“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.”
He says “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.)”
To get it:Follow the instructions at http://source.android.com/source/downloading.htmlCheck, out the ‘ics-release’ branch:repo init -u https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b android-4.0.1_r1 That’s it!
Note: “Due to “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,” JBQ added.