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Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear devices aren't available in the U.S. yet, but if you're a developer and/or open source enthusiast, you can already play with them. Sort of. As usual, Samsung has posted the open source kernel files for the new smartphone and smartwatch in a very timely matter, just a couple of days after international availability.


Two Galaxy Note 3 models have been posted so far, the SM-900T and SM-900W8. To be perfectly honest, we don't know which particular variant of the Note 3 these are, but the "_NA" rider implies that the 900T intended for the American market (LA is probably Latin America). Previous FCC files indicate that these are GSM models, but we'll probably find out when the various models launch on American carriers starting in October.

The Gear runs a highly modified version of Android, so you can expect to see a lot more smartwatch kernel posts as Samsung updates and expands the mini-platform and publishes the required code. Whether or not that means people will be able to modify and install custom software on the Gear, as has been the case with Android for basically its entire 5-year history, remains to be seen. At least developers and modders will get the chance to try.

Source: Opensource.Samsung.com 1, 2

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.
  • Kcruz728

    Yeah I can see cyanogen mod being installed on the Gear.. Lol. Thank God I have a note 2

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    SM-N900T is for T-Mobile, according to SamMobile. Also, the SM-N900W8 files were there two days back as well, Samsung being extremely timely as usual. :D

    • Luke Consta

      Is the T-Mo one octocore?

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Quad-core. No octa-core in the US, or most of Europe either for that matter.

        • Luke Consta

          Nice. So hopefully wind in Canada will follow...

  • Shadab

    900T is T Mobile model

  • CommancheNinja

    This is pretty accurate and funny

  • Roh_Mish

    Did they moved from GT-XYYYY to SM-XYYZz??? Or is international version still GT?