Google Android 2.3 Source Code Released

Google has released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code, one day after Samsung's Nexus S smartphone went on sale in the US.

The Nexus S is the first device to run the new Android operating system and comes equipped with Near Field Communications technology used to make micro-payments via the smartphone.

Jean-Baptiste Queru, a Google software engineer working on the Android Open-Source Project, said in a blog post that developers will be able to download the code from Kernel.org.

Queru warned that even though the Samsung Nexus S was designed to carry out open source work, it won't be good idea to crack the phone right now as it could well get bricked.

He promised to release guidelines on how to go about unlocking the device for open source work at a later date.

“If you're not going to immediately work on porting Gingerbread to devices with the intent of distributing the result to end-users, I'm kindly asking that you wait a few hours or a few days before you download it,” he wrote.