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How many licks does it take to get to the center of a delicious Ice Cream Sandwich? Not even smarmy owls know the answer to that question – yet. Android developers will have a leg up on Tootsie Pop-packing birds sometime soon, as a Google engineer has confirmed that the ICS code will be released once users are able to wrap their hands around Ice Cream Sandwich-enabled phones and tablets.
“We plan to release the source for the recently-announced Ice Cream Sandwich soon, once it’s available on devices,” Android engineer Dan Morrill wrote on the “Android Building” Google group. That sound you hear? An exasperated sigh of relief from the open source community. Earlier this year, Google refused to release the source code for the tablet-optimized Honeycomb version of Android over fears that clueless developers would shove it onto phones, too. Some were worried that it was the start of a new, proprietary trend for Android, but the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich source code (which was written for both tablets and smartphones) should lay those doubts to rest.
The recently unveiled ICS-packing Samsung Galaxy Nexus should hit the streets in November.