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Samsung releases kernel sources for the S9 and S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: The Inquirer)
The Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: The Inquirer)
Samsung has released kernel sources for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, just weeks after the devices were announced. The combination of kernel sources and Project Treble support should ensure that the devices get excellent community development.

Kernel sources are a divisive topic. A number of OEMs release the sources for their devices shortly after launch, while others dally for months and may not even release the sources at all. Samsung looks to be one of the former, as the company has released the kernel sources for the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.

It's particularly impressive, as the S9 and S9+ are mostly yet to get into consumer hands. The company still has a bit to do to compete with OnePlus which released sources for the OnePlus 5T just hours after it was launched. OnePlus markets itself as an enthusiast-friendly brand, though, so it's understandable.

Having kernel sources, coupled with Treble support, ensures that the devices will have a plenty of community development support. All of that doesn't count for much if Samsung doesn't allow bootloader unlocks, though. It wouldn't be the first time, in any case, as the company seems to have taken that stance of recent.

Meanwhile, HMD is yet to release kernel sources for any of its devices. It's a copyright violation but it would seem the company has no plans of making amends.


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Ricci Rox, 2018-03-17 (Update: 2018-03-17)