One of Android's biggest advantages in the mobile wars, is that its operating system as always been open source. That means that developers can easily get access to the newest version of the mobile platform and the best part of the deal is, it's free. You never change a horse, or an Android, mid stream so the next Android version – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich– will also be free and open source. According to Google, developers egar to start coding for the new mobile OS will get access to a developer distribution in the coming weeks.
Randall Sarafa, a Google press representative, has repeatedly stated in public forums and email communication, that developers can expect an Android 4.0 source code release in the coming weeks and judging by the shear volume of developer requests, ICS is going to be a major hit among both professional and independent developers. This is good news for the Android community as a whole. Since the introduction of the 2.x and 3.x Android distributions for smartphones and tablets respectively, the Android community has suffered from fragmentation among the various distributions causing developers headaches as they tried to develop applications that would run on both smartphone and tablet. Ice Cream Sandwich is the first distribution which should unify both Android communities and the storm of interest in the developer community means that Android fans will continue to enjoy a rich app ecosystem.
So be patient Android developers! Just a couple more weeks and you can get coding! If you have questions about how Ice Cream Sandwich is gong to effect your phone make sure to hit up our Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich forum!
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