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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rick311, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. rick311

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    when a phone's source code kernal is released? this has some for the Eris, but how can you tell if it's new or old. and what will it do?

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    Rick,

    It means that the devs/ROM developers can take the source and improve on and fix old stuff and/or use this as a base to create new stuff (apps and ROMs).

    There's a lot that wouldn't be published (i.e., Sense, bootloaders, recovery, etc.), but the base operating system should be there. I think that the hardware manufacturers are probably required to release the source code like this at some point as part of the open source agreements with Google.
     
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