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Motorola Uploads Marshmallow Kernel Files For The 2015 Moto E LTE

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HTC Posts One M9 Android 6.0 Kernel Files, Includes Variants Such As The Dev Edition Unlocked And EU Model

When a manufacturer open sources the code that makes their device work, it's an occasion worth noting. This is one of the strengths of Android, the availability of files that enable developers and tinkerers to create software that can replace the firmware that our devices ship with. It's one of Android's differentiating factors compared to iOS and Windows Phone.

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Motorola Releases The 2014 Moto X's Android 6.0 Open Source Kernel Files

Last week Motorola released the code necessary for developers to dive into the underpinnings of the Android 6.0 update for the Moto X Pure Edition. Now the company is pushing out those files for last year's flagship, the 2014 Moto X. These follow the Android 5.1 code that hit GitHub in July.

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HTC Releases Its First Marshmallow Kernel Source Files, For The One A9

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Motorola Releases Android 5.1.1 Kernel Source Code For The Moto Maxx

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Motorola Uploads 1st Gen Moto G 3G Android 5.1.1 Open Source Kernel Files

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HTC Shares Android 5.1 Open Source Kernel Files For The Sprint, AT&T, And TW One M9

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Amazon Releases Kernel Source Files For The New Kindle Fire HD 6 And 7

Fire OS is a solid operating system if all you need is the ability to consume Amazon content in various forms, but it just doesn't cut it for the nerdier stuff we pickier types get off on. In some ways, it's a shame, because Amazon puts out solid hardware at affordable prices. On the other hand, there's the option to wipe the slate clean, so to speak, and flash something more exciting onto the tablet.

Before this can happen, though, custom ROM developers need to bring their offerings over to each particular model, and before that can happen, Amazon needs to release enough code for them to work with.

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Sony Posts Open Source Kernel Files For The Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303, D5322, And XM50h)

Sony's typically quick about releasing the open source underpinnings of its devices. After having announced the Xperia T2 Ultra earlier this year, the company has now made the kernel files for the device available for download. The company's offering these files up for three variants of the device, the D5303, D5322, and XM50h. The software version for the first model is 19.0.1.A.0.207, while the latter two fall under 19.0.D.0.253.

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The file size for both versions is 157MB total. These bits aren't of much use to the average consumer, but they're valued assets for developers looking to bring their custom ROMs to Sony's phones.

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Sony Makes Xperia Z2 And Z2 Tablet Open Source Kernel Files Available For Download

Sony may not have the best track record when it comes to making its phones available across a wide number of carriers in the US, but it has no problem sharing its open source kernel files on a timely basis. The company officially announced the Xperia Z2 a month ago at Mobile World Congress, and now much of the handset's internal code is available for download on the web.

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These files also apply for the Xperia Z2 Tablet, which Sony also unveiled at Mobile World Congress. These files don't do much for the average user, but they're essential for ROM developers looking to support Sony's latest Xperia devices.

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