Since the beginning of time, there has been but one rule among men: release GPL source code on time. For those who choose to ignore this rule, terrible things ensue; most of which are so horrific, I dare not speak the details. The code has always been upheld by the law, but one foul beast has found a way to circumvent the system and hold the source for weeks, even months, too long: HTC.


I've always wanted to give some sort of dramatic introduction like that. Joking aside, though, HTC released a whole gaggle of source code to its developer repository this morning, encompassing devices both new and old:

  • Salsa
  • EVO 4G Gingerbread
  • Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread
  • Sensation
  • EVO 3D
  • ChaCha
  • Desire Z

And we all know what that means: full custom kernels are on their way! The EVO 3D has already been overclocked to a blazing 1.8GHz, so I can only image the treatment it will get now that the kernel source is available. Viva la Android community!

Just as this post was being published, our own Justin Case let me know that there seems to be a problem with the Droid Incredible 2 source. It appears to be incomplete, and as such, will not compile correctly. Hopefully HTC will quickly fix this.

[Thanks, DrMacinyasha!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • dave

    Very good of HTC...finally. Now we just need perm root released. Hopefully this evening!

  • Jose

    That's good. Hoping for root tonight.

  • kevin t

    wtf they didnt release the source for the evo shift?

  • Parker

    Where's the Mecha source code? Or was that released already?

  • Matt

    Ahh, I see...release the source code a couple months before discontinuing the phone.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Plz plz HTC!!!! Release the source code of wildfire s

  • David

    Finally! Now I have a reason to consider getting the EVO 3D to replace my 4G when it dies....

  • Digitos

    Yet another slap in the face to Thunderbolt customers. Nice.

    • Bill

      +1 They really need to get their butts in gear. If they cannot figure out the issues with GB, release it to the developer community. I am sure they can figure it out.

    • Simon Belmont

      I've read on another blog that the T-Bolt is getting worked on too. Hopefully it arrives shortly.

      Be patient, fellows. It will be rewarded.

      • Mandrillsy

        Don't ever tell a Thunderbolt user to be patient.

      • Anon

        Weve been patien but the date we were originally told we would get GB has come and gone...no more patience with htc

  • thewaytolite

    The world would be coming to an end if samsung released more gingerbread source code for the Galaxy S and S2 (fascinate, function, etc.)

  • RJ

    Can some one tell me what this means? Have the Evo 4G, waiting on root for 2.3

  • Anjie

    Does the desire z include vision/g2?

  • Topgun

    For the Thunderbolt customers that are complaining I wouldn't be so quick to jump on HTC for the delay. I am sure big red has something to do with this. They do NOT want the source released and root achieved on the thunderbolt. I would say it is more them than HTC. HTC really does want their customers happy.

    • Jack

      Yeah, Verizon I'm sure has no problem telling HTC to ignore their legal obligations.