Jean-Baptiste Queru, a software engineer working on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), just confirmed that Android 4.0.1 source is now available. This is the version of Android that will ship on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, due out sometime before the end of the year. As we mentioned in an earlier story, once Google decides to begin work on a new version of Android, the source for that version is only shared with Google's launch partners. The rest of Google's partners have to wait until the code is submitted to the AOSP, at which point they all begin the rush to optimize the code for their various hardware platforms. 

That's exactly what we expect to happen over the coming weeks. I've heard estimates of as little as 30 days once Android 4.0.1 hits AOSP for tier 1 Honeycomb partners to get the OS running, optimized and validated for their hardware. Obviously we have to take priorities into account as it may make more sense for a smartphone/tablet vendor to focus on getting ICS running on new products rather than older ones. 

The race is on, the question is: who will be first to release ICS outside of Samsung?

Source: Android Building Google Group

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  • Connoisseur - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    Hope Cyanogen can get this modded to the HP Touchpad asap. Would be sweet... Reply
  • EpsilonKore - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    +1 Reply
  • djc208 - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    Yes, but considering they're still in Alpha with Gingerbread it will probably be a while, especially since no one really knows how hard it will be to port to ICS. Reply
  • Kensei - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - link

    The Cyanogen team is not that far behind. CyanogenMod 7 was first released early this year for Gingerbread. The last update was back in October with version 7.1. It's probably the final update for Gingerbread. I'm running it now on my Nook Color.

    Work on CyanogenMod 9 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is well underway.
    Reply
  • Camikazi - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - link

    They mean Alpha for the TouchPad, which is right it is Alpha right now, but CM7 for other phones is pretty stable and working fine (except for brand new just released phones). Reply
  • Camikazi - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    My guess is the first to release outside of Samsung will be the modders of the world, since I doubt any of the companies who make the hardware can get it done before them :P Reply
  • InternetGeek - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    So it seems it'll be at least 2 months more for the Nexus S. Reply
  • Mugur - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - link

    ... and any current CM7 device? :-) Reply
  • umbrel - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - link

    I think some modders will want to get it running a real Android, kind of jailbraking from Amazon. Reply

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