It's that time again: the software engineers at Samsung are on an open-source bender, and they won't stop until every last Galaxy phone has been served. Today Samsung posted kernel files for some big (as in widely-used) devices, and some not-so-big (but still actually pretty big) devices. Verizon's version of the Galaxy S4, the vanilla Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos, and the GSM version of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 all have kernel source code posted at Samsung's open source repository.


We've seen the kernels for various versions of the Galaxy S4 before, as well as the LTE version of the slightly more enormous Galaxy Mega 6.3. The rest of these are brand new, and among them, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is probably the most important. Thanks to its rock-bottom pricing structure and wide availability, it's likely to make its way into more than a few hands this summer. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos is a dual-SIM model intended for remote markets and travelers, like the rest of that sub-family.

The source code files are available at the links below. Developers, help yourselves.


Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • ITGuy11

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  • Could be Anyone

    But still none for the exynos galaxy s3 and note, thank you so much samsung for supporting the development community by never releasing the sources for the devicesthat it most.

    • Daniel DS

      Welcome to Exynos-land my friend! In this country, no 3rd party developers are allowed to enter! Have a good time! /s

      • Sean Royce

        I feel that it's completely wrong that they never get released, what the fuck does Samsung thing the Android business model is all about? Open source motherfuckers!

        • Daniel DS

          The access to the sources is and will still stay very limited unfortunately....

          • Sean Royce

            Unless it's Qualcomm of course. Fucking sucks bro.

    • Michael

      Exynos source code is proprietary, hence, that won't be released.

  • ElvisMarmaduke

    Oh man! Awesome! Just unlocked my bootloader and put a stock rom last night. This is great news at the perfect time for me!

    • Nix

      from where you got the stock rom? I have att galaxy s4 - searching for stock ROM :(

      • ElvisMarmaduke

        Xda of course haha

    • David Demaree

      how did you unlock the bootloader?