You might want to stock up on your favorite caffeinated beverages because they may be in short supply this weekend. Why? Well, it looks like many of our favorite ROM developers may finally be able to get their hands on the source code to Ice Cream Sandwich, the next Android operating system, and will probably be working into the wee hours of the night.
According to a memo from Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan, who accurately stated the release date of Gingerbread, they're expecting ICS source to be available on the 17th. Considering that's when the EU Galaxy Nexus with ICS is being released, it looks like that's a pretty good time for it to drop.
This doesn't mean that we'll wake up on Friday with our phones saying there's an update from Sprint and suddenly Ice Cream Sandwich OS will be on them. There's a lot of engineering that will have to go into making ICS work properly with the EVO line, and then the marketing department has to figure out what they're going to force you to have installed on your phone, but it does mark the next step of the new OS coming to your EVO.
For the rooted world, you're probably looking at less than a week turnaround for some extremely good ICS ROMs unless the code is terrible. I'll actually be a bit surprised if there aren't some preliminary ICS ROMs in the root world out by Saturday if the code comes out as expected. It's an exciting time to be rooted, or to at least watch the root world to see what will happen.[Android Police]
Update: The source code is now available.