We’ve been hearing about Android 4.0.4 for just a little while now, where it’s been so far tied to some leaked ROMs. After the official release of Android 4.0.3 back in December, we’ve been wondering just where the platform would go next. It looks like we’re all about to find out, as Google has just published the Android 4.0.4 source files to the Android Open Source Project.
Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru posted the news to Google Groups earlier this afternoon, as he was still in the process of uploading the files involved. All told, he says we can expect a few hundred changes since 4.0.3, but it’s likely the vast majority of these should go unnoticed by end-users.
With Android 4.0.4 available at the AOSP, we should start to see the build incorporated into the latest ICS custom ROMs almost immediately. As for when a 4.0.4 update might come to devices through official channels, Queru couldn’t offer any insight, but it looks like a version for the Nexus S is already available. Reaction to that release notes big speed-ups, a smoother user interface, and well-received bugfixes.
Update: Google has made the arrival of the first updates official, announcing them for the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and the WiFi version of the Motorola Xoom.