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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

No, the 2nd gen Moto E LTE doesn't have Android Marshmallow in the US, but the spiffy little phone did get the update elsewhere. Now Motorola has posted the open source kernel files for said release onto GitHub.

The files are for developers and tinkerers who can use the code to optimize apps or bring Android 6.0 ROMs to the device. General users can't make use of this code, but for Americans who bought this device, watching what the custom ROM community does with this code appears to be as exciting as waiting for Marshmallow is going to get.

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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

The HTC One A9 is making its way to various parts of the globe, so now the company is pushing out open source kernel files. Over at the HTC developer center, you can find downloads for models released in Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and Arabic-speaking nations.


The size comes in at 205MB regardless of which model you select. No US models are up. There's no code for Google Play Edition devices either, even though the HTC One M8 has already received its Marshmallow update.

As this code continues to roll out, it will help ROM makers and developers looking to replace HTC's relatively stock build of Android with something more customizable.

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Motorola Releases Android 5.1.1 Kernel Source Code For The Moto Maxx

Alright developers, it's time to start tinkering with the bits and bytes that make the Moto Maxx tick. Motorola has uploaded the kernel source files for the device. The goods are available on GitHub under the codename Quark, along with other devices Motorola has published files for in the past.

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General users are also welcome to download the files, but they probably won't be of any use. I write about Android everyday, and I wouldn't know what to do with them. Don't come to me for help.

For those unfamiliar with the device, a Moto Maxx is essentially a DROID Turbo without Verizon.

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

The first Android 5.1-based kernel Motorola released was for the LTE version of the 1st generation Moto G. This week it has released the source files for the less speedy 3G-only model, codenamed Falcon.


Developers, you know what to do. The zip comes in at 132 MB. You can download it from GitHub at the source link below. After that, feel free to make all the recoveries, ROMs, and other things we Android nerds get excited about. Other Moto G owners will sit back and wait.

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

After pushing out over-the-air updates to Android 5.1 to AT&T and Sprint HTC One M9's here in the US, the manufacturer has now posted the open source kernel files. It has also shared fresh builds for the same phone in Taiwan. You can find them over at the HTC developer center. Downloads come in at over 500MB.


These files come after their counterparts for the unlocked One M9. They enable ROM creators to better support HTC's flagship, and they can be a help to other developers as well. As for everyone else, there's nothing much to see here.

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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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