Ice Cream Sandwich released a few days early

6a00d83451c9ec69e20162fc6203e1970d-pi[1] A few days earlier than expected, the source code to Ice Cream Sandwich, the next official Android operating system for the HTC EVO 3D along with countless current Android devices, is already being pushed to Google's open-source GIT servers.

The news was announced today as a message on Google Groups from Jean-Baptiste Queru, a software engineer for Google's AOSP team. It appears that the source code comes in at about 6GB, and depending on when you're reading this, there are warnings to give it a bit of time to upload to their servers since it's huge.

While the version being pushed will only compile and build on the Galaxy Nexus and other builds may be a few days coming, it does mean that Google considers the project done and is releasing it into the wild. It also means that the countdown to your favorite ROM dev's caffeine-induced overload starts now.

For the unrooted crowd, the release suggests that Sprint should have a copy of it to their development team fairly soon, but I wouldn't expect to see an OTA update to ICS for a while yet, especially since HTC already said it's coming in early 2012. For the rooted crowd, the shunned-by-Sprint EVO 4G might receive some special treatment by ROM developers who want to get an ICS port up and running before it makes it to the 3D, but I'm sure 3D users will have a cool new treat to enjoy too.

[Engadget]
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