Gingerbread Android 2.3: Source code – download now

We know how many people are avidly awaiting the release of the new operating system, Android 2.3, dubbed Gingerbread. A couple of days ago we wrote how hopefully the new OS would be coming soon to Verizon users and we’ve also informed readers all about the Samsung Nexus S, which is the first smartphone to benefit from Android 2.3.

Now we hear news from Matthew Rogers over on switched.com, sourced from Android Police, that the source code for Android 2.3 is now available to the public with an announcement made by Jean-Baptiste Quero, Google engineers on the Google Groups message board. If you want to download then go to kernel.org but be patient if things are a little slow, with all the developers currently getting their hands on it.

It appears that owners of the Nexus One won’t have to wait too long now for the update coming to their handsets as it usually becomes available shortly after the open source release. Meanwhile Chris Ziegler over on Engadget, sourced from AOSP also reports on the source code becoming available and says what good news this is for hackers who are looking forward to coming up with some interesting custom ROM’s.

Will you be downloading the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code or maybe you’ve already done so? Have you hit any problems so far? We’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this so why not send us your comments.