Samsung is celebrating the onset of spring early this year by open sourcing the code for the Android version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) of its Galaxy S II operating system.
With this release, the company is providing continuity to open source-focused developers who have already used three iterations of Android version 2 (Gingerbread) and worked to build their own hacks and applications as a result.
Although this open source release is only initially suitable for the European and Korean markets, any international version of Samsung's i9100 smartphone can reportedly apply it. It is also suggested that open source code ROM builders and other code modification "modders" will enable programmers to perform more advanced ports.
NOTE: Despite Android's open source pedigree, which it still retains, many manufacturers have worked to close up parts of the operating system when deployed on their own specific hardware offerings.
Samsung continues to make a name for itself as being more open than many other vendors and also provides its TouchWiz user interface as part of this current download (which can be removed if desired). The company's willingness to stay open in this way is arguably helping developers to get a closer look at Android's form, function, and structure than they might have expected form the industry at large.