You know who you are. While the rest of us were waiting for the Google Play Edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 to arrive, your mind was elsewhere. You want to get your hands dirty, and now you can. Google has released the kernel and platform open source code for both the HTC One and the Galaxy S4.


Update: When asked about the proprietary binary drivers that one would usually find on the Binaries for Nexus Devices page, Google pointed fingers at the OEMs. Same goes for the full factory images. These distinctions show several important differences between Nexus and Google Play Edition devices.

HTC has also released the kernel source code for the stock version of their flagship device.


For the majority of us who wouldn't know what to do with source code if it was placed on a flash drive and handed to us, the excitement comes not from downloading these files ourselves, but in waiting to see what others are able to do. The modding community is a sight to behold, and fresh source code helps competent hackers work their magic. This code shows how Android 4.2 looks running on the two best smartphones currently available, and that's not something to be taken lightly.

HTC source files, Google source files