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We just saw HTC post its KitKat open source files for the Google Play Edition One, and now here's Samsung doing the same thing for the GPe Galaxy S4. Although, its open source website is a lot less attractive. What's with that, Samsung? At any rate, you can grab the kernel source right now at the link below.

2013-11-25 03_02_39-Open Source Release Center

The download is 399MB and contains all the open source bits of the updated ROM. It's not a full system image or anything like that. It's mainly developers who will be interested in what this ZIP file contains. We haven't heard any sort of announcement from Samsung that its GPe ROM has been submitted to Google, but Samsung isn't as up-front with such things.

Still, getting the kernel source means the OTA must be almost ready to go out. It's probably too soon to start mashing the update button, but you can still do it if it makes you feel better.

[Samsung]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • anywherehome

    yes! continue! :)
    but anyway 4.4 is a step back = removed permission manager = Google doesn't care about our privacy

    • RyanWhitwam

      Oh... you just wait. Can't say more right now, but keep your internet box tuned to AP.

      • RamitSuri

        Something's coming up in the teardown.. :D.

    • UniBroW

      It's still there and in fact it seemed to actually allow for more control over more permissions (af first glance)

    • The Motto

      Privacy died a long time ago if you didn't get the memo.. permission manager is also an advanced user feature that is not ready for the mainstream audience yet.. It will return..

      • superlinkx

        It's still there, just requires an enabler app for now. I have a feeling Google just needed to hide it a bit better until it's ready for full release.

  • wilflare

    wonder when will the Note 3 get the 4.4 :/

  • SilentPatriot

    My guess? They botched the 4.3 update so badly (S3 included) and don't really have the resources to devote to fixing it, so are pushing up the timeline on 4.4 rollout...

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    And this is why people buy the GPE phones. Considering that you lose all of the cool software features that the OEMs add, the only real purpose to owning a GPE is because you want a great piece of hardware and either a) love stock Android that much or b) want updates almost as fast as Nexus devices. For me, it's both. I love my GPE GS4. The only Touchwiz features I really miss are the SmartStay and Air View features (screen stays on while you're looking at it and hovering over the screen for more info). Both of those I can, and do happily, live without.

    One thing I've always wondered is what was in it for the OEMs to release these variants of their phone. Obviously for Google, the advantage is having stock Android running on phones that are household names...but what's in it for Samsung and HTC? Nobody in their right mind would believe that these would sell in any kind of measurable numbers. After all, they're selling for full retail price in the US, which is a place where the vast majority of consumers don't pay full price for smartphones. I'd be shocked if the two of these phones combined sold more than the original Nexus One did (about 150,000).

    As best as I can figure, the only thing in it for the OEMs is maybe some kind of exclusive access to pre-release Android platform code that other OEM partners don't get. But, that's purely a guess on my part.

    • meelyg

      From a business perspective, tapping into another market (nerds).

  • meelyg

    slightly off topic, but can someone tell me why Galaxy S2 source hasn't been released?
    Something to do with exynos or other properietary components???

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