Essential, the tech startup by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, released its first phone back in August. There has been exactly zero ROM development for the PH-1, but part of that is because Essential had yet to release the phone's kernel source code. Just over a month since it started shipping to customers, the PH-1's kernel source is now available to download. Read More
Motorola isn't the best at updating its devices these days. Custom ROMs can often be helpful for devices without speedy official updates, but the lack of a recent kernel source code can make ROMs less stable/functional. Thankfully Motorola has released the kernel code for the original Moto Z Play's Android 7.1.1 update. Read More
HTC published Android 7.0 Nougat kernel source code for the HTC 10 at the tail end of last year. It was only available for the unlocked version at the time, but now the company has updated the page with the code for the T-Mobile, Telstra, and Verizon versions of the phone, too. Furthermore, the HTC One A9 has had its code published for the first time, with a great deal more variants available. Read More
It's always nice to see companies respect the GPL, which requires OEMs to release the kernel source code for phones they create. HTC is usually pretty good about releasing source code for new devices in a timely manner, and to that end, the company has uploaded the U11's kernel code to its website. Read More
HTC just pushed the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the unlocked version of its flagship, the HTC 10. As an owner of a 10, I can confidently say that the update is pretty well-done. As a natural next step, HTC has now also released the 7.0 kernel source code for the 10. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Lenovo and Motorola announced the G4 and G4 Plus a few weeks ago, and today it appears Moto has published the kernel source for its latest high-end-of-the-low-end (or bottom of the mid-range?) handsets. Read More
For consumers, there's no update quite like the one that delivers a new version of Android to their device. But for developers, that's just the beginning. App makers and custom ROM producers can't get their hands dirty until the source code behind that over-the-air update hits the web as well.
Certain Android manufacturers are pretty consistent about releasing kernel source code. Motorola is one of them. Its latest addition is the open source code for Android Marshmallow running on the 2nd generation Moto G 4G LTE, codenamed Thea.
Motorola Mobility Senior Director David Schuster announced on Google+ that Marshmallow soak tests for the 2014 Moto G and Moto G 4G are running longer than usual, but the updates are continuing to ramp up in Brazil and India. Read More
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. Read More