Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2011 21:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ever since Honeycomb's release, Android has had two versions out in the wild (well, if you disregard the non-current versions, that is). The next major Android release, Ice Cream Sandwich, is supposed to fix this problem by having one single version of Android for both phones and tablets. Google now has a blog post up which presents some options for developers to prepare their applications for Ice Cream Sandwich.
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They made no secret about the plan. Every version previous to Honeycomb had a code dump. They stated that Honecomb would not be dumped and are continuing to state that Icecream Sandwitch will have a code dump. Nothing new here.

(I'm just not sure what part of all of this is a surprise leading to the "about time" sentiment is all.)

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fran Member since:

About the suprise sentiment. Below help explains why. It's not open sourced every time.

Article Techradar 08 Sep 11

Quote "We also know that Google is intending to make Ice Cream Sandwich fully open source. It didn't do this with Android 3.0 Honeycomb in an attempt to make things more consistent.

"It's more manageable to start small and get bigger," says Andy Rubin, senior vice president of Mobile at Google.

"It's an open invitation; there's no reason not to have everybody in [The Open Handset Alliance] - but I want to hit the ground running, I don't want to take a lot of time on building a list of names."

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jabbotts Member since:

Seems like they are still on schedual.
- older versions released.
- honeycomb source held back.
- icecream Sandwitch released.

They've always said that honeycomb source would not be released where icecream sandwitch will merge the two source trees and be made available for download.

If what I'm missing here is that they are going to release the OSS parts of icecream sandwitch (all but hardware drivers?) then it's a big fat "meh" as this was always the stated outcome and timeframe.

If what I'm missing is that the entire Anroid stack is going to be delivered under an open license including kernel hardware modules and firmware then yeah, that's a huge "about time" probably only second to delivering a standardized distribution across devices claiming to be Android branded.

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