Samsung and HTC release Android 4.0 kernel sources

Smartphone manufacturers playing nice with the Android development community is one of the greatest pros of the open-source OS. We've seen Sony cave in and preview Android 4.0 on its devices, Asus unlocking the Transformer Prime's bootloader for the development community, and HTC offer similar unlocks for almost all of its devices - and this generous gift from the manufacturers to Android developers is only expected to get better.

Samsung has made the kernel source code for its Galaxy S II Android 4.0 update available for download. This means various system tweaks can now be applied and that the Galaxy S II can now support better quality ROMsHTC has also followed suit with similar releases of kernels for its Vivid, Sensation, and Sensation XE smartphones.

Kernels allow CPU overclocking and countless other tweaks, so it should be good to see what the developers can muster up and we just very well may see improved Ice-cream sandwich ROMs very soon.

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All these media sources are acting as though Samsung kept their promise with the SGSII's, while all the North American ones havent been touched and have no sign of an upcoming update. Tmobile, Telus, ATT, Rogers, all waiting for even a hint that Samsung gives a **** about us.

Beyond Godlike said,
All these media sources are acting as though Samsung kept their promise with the SGSII's, while all the North American ones havent been touched and have no sign of an upcoming update. Tmobile, Telus, ATT, Rogers, all waiting for even a hint that Samsung gives a **** about us.

Read what you wrote. Poor updates are due to your carriers and their bloat. US carriers could do one of two things. Either use the international version of the device like all other countries do or remove their bloat and stick to a fully Samsung ROM. Testing would therefore be minimal once it has passed Samsungs own internal standards.

this would be cool except for the fact that Google already announced Android 5.0 (jellybean) will be coming in Q2 of this year...

the420kid said,
this would be cool except for the fact that Google already announced Android 5.0 (jellybean) will be coming in Q2 of this year...

No they haven't -.^

the420kid said,
this would be cool except for the fact that Google already announced Android 5.0 (jellybean) will be coming in Q2 of this year...

They don't have to ANNOUNCE it. Google releases a new version of Android each year at Google I/O which will be held June 27 to June 29th this year. It won't see it's way onto phones for months after that though and Jellybean is rumored to be primarily tablet focused (though no so much as Honeycomb was) as google is focused on closing the gap between Android tablets and the iPad and beefing up the platform in preparation for the arrival of Windows 8 tablets.

Asmodai said,

They don't have to ANNOUNCE it. Google releases a new version of Android each year at Google I/O which will be held June 27 to June 29th this year. It won't see it's way onto phones for months after that though and Jellybean is rumored to be primarily tablet focused (though no so much as Honeycomb was) as google is focused on closing the gap between Android tablets and the iPad and beefing up the platform in preparation for the arrival of Windows 8 tablets.

Close but a little off. Froyo I believe was announced at I/O, since then Google has been announcing major updates in mid-end Q4. See Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. Honeycomb was an interim update and came mid Q1 I think. Google stated they were only going to bring around one big update a year and the practice of releasing a Nexus device with the new OS in time for the holidays will likely be something they'll repeat a few times more.

DeaconFrost88 said,
This is good news for the community, but even better news would be a firm date on when I can get ICS 4.0 on my Galaxy S II.
Had it on mine for 3 weeks now. FC18 has been the best yet! Bored with ICS now. Can't wait for Klondike Bar, or whatever is next.

VoX said,
Had it on mine for 3 weeks now. FC18 has been the best yet! Bored with ICS now. Can't wait for Klondike Bar, or whatever is next.

J would be next so I predict Jellybean.

VoX said,
Had it on mine for 3 weeks now. FC18 has been the best yet! Bored with ICS now. Can't wait for Klondike Bar, or whatever is next.

It has not been released for the t989.