Wow, this happened sooner than we expected - but Google just announced only minutes ago that the source code for Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich is on its way to Google's AOSP tree right now. We'll update as we learn more. Here's the original post:

Hi! We just released a bit of code we thought this group might be interested in.
Over at our Android Open-Source Project git servers, the source code
for Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available.
Here's how to get it:Follow the instructions at
http://source.android.com/source/downloading.htmlCheck out the
'ics-release' branch:repo init -u
https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b android-4.0.1_r1
That's it! However since this is a large push, please be aware that it
will take some time to complete. If you sync before it's done, you'll
get an incomplete copy that you won't be able to use, so please wait
for us to give the all-clear before you sync.
This is actually the source code for version 4.0.1 of Android, which
is the specific version that will ship on the Galaxy Nexus, the first
Android 4.0 device. In the source tree, you will find a device build
target named "full_maguro" that you can use to build a system image
for Galaxy Nexus. Build configurations for other devices will come
Unfortunately we still don't have our Gerrit code review servers back
online. That remains our top priority though, and we hope to have them
back soon.
This release includes the full history of the Android source code
tree, which naturally includes all the source code for the Honeycomb
releases. However, since Honeycomb was a little incomplete, we want
everyone to focus on Ice Cream Sandwich. So, we haven't created any
tags that correspond to the Honeycomb releases (even though the
changes are present in the history.)

JBQ, on behalf of the AOSP team.
Jean-Baptiste M. "JBQ" Queru
Software Engineer, Android Open-Source Project, Google.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

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    • Hal Motley

      This means Cyanogenmod is just around the corner, right?

  • Evan


  • http://GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    CAN'T WAIT!!! W00T!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/teamROU Phil Oakley

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I really really didn't see this coming! Let's get some ROMs built guys!

  • adam

    Meh , I'm cool with gingerbread. I don't really like ics so I think I'll wait for jellybean NOT!! Woohoo. Gimme my ice cream.

  • RockinEvo

    Lets go CM team I know the fellas n ladies over there just got their Xmas gift early

  • truth

    .....hmmm i wonder how long before we see custom roms

  • Jonathan

    WooHoo!! This is awesome news for us who couldn't wait to fill their sweet-tooth with ICS goodness!!! Now I can learn to develop using ICS framework

  • lolobabes

    Wooot! Cooking time, ahihihi

  • John

    Which will come first CM9 or Verizon's Galaxy Nexus?

    • Hotmann

      Maybe not CM9, but definitely some solid roms will be released before the GN

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      I think the question that's a little tougher to answer would be: "which will come first, cm9 or the official ics ota for the Nexus S?"

  • Jacob

    I hope Google isn't trolling us! CM8 here we come!

  • andrew vincent

    How long does it normally take for custom Rome to be released after source code is available? Are we talking weeks before an alpha or beta rom is out or is it more like months? Specifically cm9 on droidx but really just any ice Roms...

    • Arjun Y

      I've heard 3 months... But I've also heard that cm9 won't work on dx because of the framework changes :( I hope its not true, I need to make this little guy last 6 more months!!

  • http://sevenplusandroid.org Thomas Barrasso

    Awesome, we've all been waiting for Android ICS source.

  • Freak4Dell

    Wow...definitely sooner than I expected. This is awesome. Can't wait for CM9 to start rolling out.

  • L boogie

    I'm ready for this to hit my tab 10.1 & forget that 3.2 update

  • Edd

    +1 on the YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Coldman

    Looks like the push is all done.

  • David S.

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for "Ice Cream Sandwich"!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    I peed a little...no I didn't.

    yes i did.

  • ArunaSena

    it christmas time!!!!

  • Myria

    So much for Rohan Shravan's laughably mythical "track record" of predictions.

  • puma

    whats next after ics? chocolate bar? lol ahaahaha jk..

    cant wait for ics on my optimus v n TT

  • puma

    whats next after ics? chocolate bar? lol ahaahaha jk..
    cant wait for ics on my optimus v n TT

  • J

    Did I read that right, Google has released code for ICS & HC???

    Obviously totally psyched about the ICS release... ~2-3 months & I should be looking at a valentines day gift of updating my baby's OS....

    But if HC has been released as well.... Will they (or someone else) be fixing up a CM8 release (rather than skipping it).... The neophile in me says get ICS done first, since it can run phones & tablets... But the OCD in me says we need CM8, just to be complete....