With the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SDK released recently, many of the real geeks out there have been wondering as to when the source code would be released by Google. According to the tweet above, not too long after the launch of the Nexus S.
How does this source code affect you, you ask? Well, if you’re one of those Android users who enjoy custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, then the source code is very important. Some custom ROMs build off of the SDK are just bits and pieces of the new OS version, but for a real Gingerbread experience, you’re gonna need the source. It would certainly make sense that it will be dumped into AOSP (Android Open Source Project) after the Nexus S ships, and only then can the real work begin.
While those of you with newer Android phones may not need to worry about receiving the Gingerbread update, some handsets that are beginning to get a bit older may need to rely on custom ROMs just to get any taste of Android 2.3. Hell, CyanogenMod still supports the T-Mobile G1, and you can throw Android 2.2 on the device and have it run better than you’d imagine. The G1 will likely get some Gingerbread lovin as well.
If you bought a phone this year, you’ve probably little to worry about. While you may receive the update officially, handset-makers and carriers have a tendency to hold things up significantly, which is why many people just end up installing custom ROMs to begin with. Why wait on a carrier to throw all their custom bloatware applications into an official update when you can manually install the real deal without waiting or any extra apps that you didn’t want in the first place? Exactly.
Stay tuned, folks, custom ROMs are on their way shortly.
Thanks to Jean-Baptiste Queru for tweeting this magical little nugget.