This morning, Google r eleased the source code for the newest Android platform update, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The source code is available from the Android Open Source Repository now. Engadget reports that Google is asking interested parties to wait several hours to download the new code to balance out server loads.
Android 2.3 is the software version shipping on the new Nexus S that launched yesterday. Now that the software code is open, ROM modders will be hard at work incorporating it into their ROMs. The ROMs that have so far been made are ports from the Gingerbread SDK, and tend to be very slow. Additionally, now that the code is open, many hardware manufacturers will start working on their phone updates in earnest. Though, some close partners get early access to the code. In any case, get ready for the Gingerbread ROMs and updates to flow.