Friday 21 October 2011

Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich code to be released soon.

After officially announcing Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Engineer Dan Morill has mentioned via a Google groups blog post that Google intends on releasing the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich, once it is available on Android devices. The last source code that was made public was Android Gingerbread 2.3.

This definitely comes as good news after Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the source code of which Google did not release, saying that they did not want developers to create tablet-centric apps for Honeycomb that would leave users with a negative experience. So, Android 3.0 was definitely not ‘open-source’ as most developers would have preferred it to be and as compared to Gingerbread and the earlier operating systems, Honeycomb didn’t allow very much customization.

So, we’re hoping that soon after the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, Google will give developers access to the Ice Cream Sandwich source code. Android 4.0 is touted to combine the best functionalities of both, the phone and the tablet, which were a part of the earlier operating systems. Also, there’s a redesigned interface and making the source code public will definitely give developers a chance to start off with their tweaking to provide more modifications, tuning and enhancements to users.

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