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02 January 2012

HTC Releases Kernel Source for Eight Androids

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With the market full of smart phones and tablets, there is always something (new) to expect. Some wonder why HTC had to wait so long before releasing the kernel source. HTC has earlier been criticized for slow speed of their source code releases. Now source codes have been released, it can probably be concluded that it is ‘better to be late than never’. Following suit would be only appreciated!
HTC fans can have a reason to rejoice as HTCdev succeeded in releasing the codes on November 22, 2011. The release makes HTC compliant with GPL. HTC androids for which codes have been released are – Desire, Desire S, Flyer (the tablet), Sensation, Droid Incredible, Incredible S, Salsa and Vivid 4G. Overall, sixteen files have been released on HTCdev portal. Some of these devices have more than one kernel source.
With other makers releasing the kernel source immediately (or after a short interval) after launch of the phone/tablet, this could be a reason to lag behind others in the race of consumer electronics business. Compliance engineering can potentially delay the release; and releasing all the sources may be an issue with the makers. There certainly is a cost involved. Usually, there is a choice to be made which is not easy on the maker.
While experts may want to go ahead and start exploring these releases, the majority shall probably wait patiently before they get some brand new ROMs. These eight devices have become a part of the open source community. The release of the source codes should now yield faster and less buggy ROMs.
There are advantages meant for good when you know the source code (and this should be the actual way!). Since the HTC has released the source codes for 7 phones and a tablet, users get to enjoy more in the coming days. As far as users are concerned, the kernel source may not be of much attraction as they are operators, not developers. But for the developers, kernel source is an important aspect. Since it contains the source code files, programs can be built based on the codes. A developer can device a custom kernel which may perform better with the hardware, giving better end results.
When HTC launched their development website (, they revealed their concern for the public. Being more available to developers is on HTC’s mind. The users also benefit through more developer involvement. With the OpenSense SDK being made available to developers, the services have been all the more intuitive and advantageous. It was potentially a significant step towards showing they actually care. There is an indication towards involvement and improvisation. When you reveal an intention for improving your products and user experience, there apparently is a positive sign.
It is anticipated that HTC expedites code releases in future. HTC users, who are expecting some significant customization, should be happy with the release. Hope to feel (more) rewarded shortly!

About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology, health and parenting. Beside this she is fond of watches. She has a huge collection of Digital Watches. These days she is busy in writing articles on Android games and Cool gadgets.

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