By Joe Levi | October 18, 2011 2:28 PM
We’ve told you in previous articles how bits of Android Ice Cream Sandwich have leaked. Here’s another!
Thanks to the creative folks over at XDA-Developers, you can now install the Android Market (Vending.apk) from Ice Cream Sandwich, on your smartphone running Froyo or Gingerbread!
Other than a slightly more “Honeycomb-like” user interface, a few bug fixes, and speed improvements, there’s not much to be seen.
Now for the bad news:
– To install the .apk, since it’s a system file, you have to either to a lot of leg-work; or apply a flashable .zip, which requires root access and a custom recovery ROM.
– Installing previously purchased apps (or the ability to purchase new apps) will likely fail.
Those aside, since the ICS announcement will likely come tomorrow, I don’t suspect many people will jump on this version of the Market. Keep in mind, even though ICS may be announced tomorrow, it will likely be a week or so before you can purchase phones with ICS on them, and likely a month or so later before ICS is available for developers to start building custom ROMs.