Google has just began pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android Open Source Project. Jean-Baptiste Queru just stated that the process of pushing the code has already started and the process as a whole should take a few hours.

To the average user this doesn’t mean much, yet. However, to the development and hacking community who use the AOSP code, such as CyanogenMod, this means they can begin development with the new 2.3 software. Also, carriers and manufacturers will now be able to start their own ports of the operating system.

Jean-Baptiste Queru’s full statement:

“Nexus S went on sale yesterday morning in the US, running Gingerbread.
Just like I did for Froyo, I’m open-sourcing the matching Android
platform source code, right after the first consumers get their hands
on it. I’m going to start literally right now, and the process will
take a few hours.

I’ll give more details once the source code is available. However,
there are three aspects that you need to know ahead of time:

-As part of the process to push the source code, there will be some
points in time when the master branch doesn’t build. Sorry about that.
If you’re working on the master branch, I recommend that you don’t
sync until I send an “all clear” when I’m done and things look good.
Other branches are expected to work fine as soon as their manifests
are created.

-Even though Nexus S is designed to be suitable for AOSP work, there
are some caveats. I very strongly recommend against trying to use
Nexus S for anything related to AOSP at the moment. Trying to unlock
or use your Nexus S for AOSP work could easily turn it into a Nexus B
(where B means “brick”); I have two of those, they’re not very useful.
I’ll send some guidelines about what is currently possible once I’ve
finished pushing the source code.

-Please take it easy on the servers. They are very helpful
in hosting the AOSP source code, and I don’t want to hurt the high
quality of their service with an onslaught of full Android downloads.
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 (just roll a 6-sided die and wait that long). In addition,
the slower the servers are, the harder it is for me to do the push.

Thanks for being patient.

Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru
Software Engineer, Android Open-Source Project, Google.”