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Motorola releases 8.1 Oreo kernel source code for Moto X4

Motorola releases 8.1 Oreo kernel source code for Moto X4

The Moto X4 started receiving Android 8.1 Oreo back in May, and it brought with it a couple of issues. Two months later, Motorola has released the kernel source for that update as it's mandated to do by the GPL whenever there are any modifications to the Android kernel.

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Motorola Moto G6 and G6 Plus kernel source code released

Motorola Moto G6 and G6 Plus kernel source code released

With the Moto G6 and G6 Plus slowly becoming more and more widely available, Motorola has published the kernel source code for the Moto G6 and G6 Plus. The G6 Play's source code was released in late April, but it's taken over a month on top of that for the G6 and G6 Plus's for whatever reason.

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HMD releases Nokia 3 kernel source code

HMD releases Nokia 3 kernel source code

HMD Global has released the source code for the Nokia 3. The 3 has become the fourth phone in Nokia's lineup to have its kernel source released, following the 1 and 6, as well as the rather late 8, last month.

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Motorola releases Moto Z2 Play Oreo kernel source code

Motorola releases Moto Z2 Play Oreo kernel source code

Lenovo-owned Motorola has definitely passed its glory years, but the company is still pretty good about releasing the kernel sources for the new updates on its phones. The Moto Z2 Play (albus) is up next, with Lenovorola pushing the device's Oreo kernel sources to GitHub.

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HMD Global finally releases Nokia 8 kernel source code

HMD Global finally releases Nokia 8 kernel source code

Despite doing a pretty good job on keeping its phones up to date, HMD Global has until recently had a bit of trouble with releasing the kernel sources for its devices. But in a "finally" moment, the exclusive manufacturer of the Nokia brand has released the Nokia 8 source codes to the developer community.

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Xiaomi promises to change its ways and release kernel source code within 3 months of device launches

Xiaomi promises to change its ways and release kernel source code within 3 months of device launches

Chinese OEM Xiaomi has a poor reputation when it comes to OS updates and the timely release of kernel source code. It took a Twitter backlash and criticism from several tech blogs to get the company to finally release the Nougat source code for the Android One-toting Mi A1. A similarly lengthy wait had to be endured before the Oreo code was provided last month. Xiaomi has now stated its intention (again) to release kernel source code within three months of a device's launch.

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HMD begins Oreo rollout for Nokia 3, also releases kernel source code for Nokia 1 and 6

HMD begins Oreo rollout for Nokia 3, also releases kernel source code for Nokia 1 and 6

HMD Global has a stellar track record of releasing timely Android firmware updates and its good form continues today. Nokia 3 owners can expect Android 8.0 Oreo to start rolling out to their devices shortly. At the same time, a new page has appeared on the Nokia website providing kernel source code for the Nokia 1 and 6.

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Xiaomi releases Oreo kernel source code for the Mi A1

Xiaomi releases Oreo kernel source code for the Mi A1

Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 would receive Oreo by the end of 2017, and the company hit a buzzer-beater by rolling out Android 8.0 to the Android One device on December 30th. But the kernel source code was nowhere to be found, a violation of the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2), and an affront to the development and enthusiast community. It's about two-and-a-half months late, but Xiaomi has finally released the Android 8.0 Oreo source code for the Mi A1.

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Samsung publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S9/S9+ Snapdragon and Exynos models

Samsung publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S9/S9+ Snapdragon and Exynos models

Just as it did after the unveiling of the Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung has published the kernel sources for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. But this time around, the company has gone ahead and released the code for the Exynos and Snapdragon models at the same time.

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Samsung releases Oreo kernel source code for the Galaxy S8/S8+

Samsung releases Oreo kernel source code for the Galaxy S8/S8+

Android OEMs are required to release the kernel source code every time they push a new Android version to a device. It includes any modifications they've made and its what tinkerers then use to build custom ROMs and other mods. Some OEMs are quick to release the code after an update, whereas some drag their heels. In this instance, Samsung has been impeccably fast.

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