Mere days after its (official) launch in 28 countries worldwide, Samsung's Galaxy SIII – perhaps the most hotly anticipated Android phone to date – can be tweaked and modded by eager developers the world over. That's right, Samsung officially dropped the I9300's source code today at the manufacturer's Open Source Release Center.


While those of us in North America wait (im)patiently for the SIII's release, those looking to get their hands on the device's source need only stop by its listing at the OSRC here, or head over to github (here), where user chirayudesai has already uploaded the (unzipped) source into three branches: master, stock, and stock_update1.

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    And now the SGS III development can start properly.

    • Zak Taccardi

      does this mean that, in terms of developer friendliness, the GS3 is no different than the GNex? (international versions at least)

      • Northstar17

        hmmm Im pretty sure a lot of the code is closed source, especially the TouchWizz stuff but please correct me if Im wrong. Just going on how the Galaxy S ROM scene was, where they were mostly mods of the stock ROM and not build from source.

        There is a XDA thread going already though for Galaxy Nexus port.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        No, the Nexus will always be way more open - this is just the kernel that's open sourced (and is required by the license).

  • Brfield

    Sweet, no bull from Samsung on this phone so far except the US launch.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You'll hopefully hear all about the U.S. launch - just wait a few weeks.

      • Munsoned

        I'm still unofficially/officially saying June 20th, but realistically it will be a week later.

  • Gino

    So can we get a stock S3 ROM on the GNex now?

  • Stephonztax

    So, Samsung got something against the US market or what? They are clearly overlooking one of their money-making market (North America) just to prove a stupid point.. Nuts

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You've got it so backwards, I don't even know where to start. You really think it's Samsung who's delayed the U.S. launch?

      • Stephonztax

        I don't care who is delaying who. When you got a money making machine, you utilize it. Even if it means kissing the machine everyday, you work hard to make it a priority..

        • Killa504killa

          The delay is the carrier. If you tired of waiting just get the international version and get a straight talk sim. 

          Even though the phone may feel expensive at first you will save a lot of money on the life of of your non-contract 500 a year plus 600 for the phone is 1100 or you can pay 2-300 for your GS3 and 130  a month for 1860 for the year 1500+ for the 2nd year or waste 80 a month for pathetic Sprint speeds. All togehter for your contract phone 2 years you pay 3300 pre paid BYOD you pay 1600 for 2 years or much less if you choose an older smartphone. 1600 includes the latest and greatest :)In the end when you are tired of the GS3 you can sell it. International Unlocked phones bring in a lot more money then trying to sell Sprint or Verizon phones. For comparison my Epic 4g Touch costed 600 at purchase still in mint condition can only bring in around 250-300 bucks. My ATT Infuse4g which looks similar with less ram single core processor will bring in the same when it is about a year older.

          In short screw the carrier. Hope it helps

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