On the heels of their release of the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OTA update to the HTC One M7 and M8 Google Play Editions, HTC has quickly made the kernel source for both devices available at the HTCdev website. Most users don't need to worry about this either way, but developers and fans of custom ROMs should be happy to see these available so soon.


While HTC is required to release the kernel source since it has adapted from the open source Android code, this is kind of like returning a library book a few days early; it's just nicer to do it sooner rather than later. For you developers, these are somewhat hefty downloads, but HTC's servers were working at a pretty speedy pace in my trial.

If you are an HTC One Google Play Edition device owner who is sick of waiting for the OTA, check out our earlier post for a download.