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Motorola releases Moto Z Droid kernel source code

Certain Android manufacturers do a good job of regularly supplying kernel source code, and Motorola is one of them. Nearly two months after the Moto Z Droid became available from Verizon, Motorola is now posting those files online.

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OnePlus 3 open source kernel files are available on Github

Custom ROMs are fun. More than that, they offer ways to significantly extend the software life of phones. Manufacturer decides it no longer wants to support hardware? Hopefully someone out there will take up the mantle. But to do that, they need the kernel source code for a given device.

OnePlus has already made those files available for the OnePlus 3.

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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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