A little ahead of schedule, Google has dropped the source code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) into the public Android Open Source Project repository. Now that the code has been opened up, developers and OEMs alike are free to take the code and modify it as they see fit. This move comes ahead of the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first device that will ship with ICS.
This is perhaps biggest for Android modders and fans of custom ROMs. Now that the code is free, we expect popular devices to be running stock Android 4.0 in a matter of days. An official update for the Nexus S is expected in a few weeks, and the Galaxy Nexus is launching in Europe in just a few days. The US release date for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is unknown.
In the coming hours, there will surely be some goodies found in the Android source code, so keep an eye out. Will you be flashing to ICS as soon as possible?