The Moto E4 Plus is one of the many, many, many phones that Motorola has released this year. Its main selling point is the massive 5,000mAh battery, giving you 2+ days of intensive use on a single charge (I would kill for a Pixel with that). David mostly praised the phone in his review, but as with all Motorola devices, slow or non-existent updates is a given. Read More
Motorola is on a roll recently with its kernel source releases and the latest is for the Moto Z2 Force. The device launched in the US in August and it seems that a few users were already antsy about grabbing the kernel code because they raised an issue on the Moto GitHub. Well, their wait is now over since the release is official.
The source is now available to download on GitHub for the Android 7.1.1 NCX26.122-59-8 build. If you don't know what most of these words mean, you needn't worry. As a user, you won't get anything out of the code, but developers can use it to build better and more stable ROMs based off the official kernel source. Read More
The Moto X Pure has had a bizarre (and frustrating) update history. It originally shipped with Android 5.1, and was updated rather quickly to 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the jump to 7.0 Nougat has been anything but quick. The update is still in the testing phase in most regions, despite Motorola promising it would be rolling out by the end of Q2 2017 (which has already ended). 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
Last year, Motorola skipped on updating the Moto X line of devices, in favor of introducing the Moto Z. The device's main selling point was 'Moto Mods,' modules the user can hotswap to add functionality. Unfortunately, the expensive cost of both the device and the Moto Mods, as well as the lack of a headphone jack and short battery life, led it to fall below expectations. 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
If there's one thing Lenovorola (Motonovo?) has been consistently good at for its past few phones, it's releasing kernel source code quickly. The Moto G4 Play was made available for sale just last month, but its source code has already been published. This might be one of their quickest turnarounds yet. Read More
Every single operating system developed by Google to date has one thing in common: they're based on the Linux kernel. Chrome OS, Android, Chromecasts, you name it. Linux has powered Google hardware for years.
However, the Linux kernel is not ideal for every situation. Especially in the case of embedded devices like car dashboards or GPS units, full-blown desktop kernels like Linux impact performance and cause other issues. There’s a massive ecosystem of operating systems designed for embedded hardware, and Google may be working on their own.
Enter “Fuchsia.” Google’s own description for it on the project’s GitHub page is simply, “Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)”. Read More
It's been a little over a month since Motorola began seeding a much-appreciated Android 6.0 software update to its mid-range model for 2015, the Moto X Play (codenamed Lux), at least in Brazil and India. And you know what that means: the required open source kernel files aren't far behind. Those files are now available on GitHub for anyone who wants a crack at them.
The original kernel files (for the Lollipop-based software available at release) were posted back in September of last year, not long after the announcement of the phone itself. As always, these files will be handy for any developer who wants to make customized versions of the phone's kernel or full ROMs. Read More
It's definitely not getting an Android 6.0 update, but the original Moto X is still getting Android 5.1.1. As is customary (i.e. required), Motorola has posted the kernel source for the update. You can grab it on GitHub if you're the developer sort. Read More