Kernel source code for the 2014 editions of Moto X and Moto G released – can you hear the custom ROMs coming?

Kernel source code for the 2014 editions of Moto X and Moto G released – can you hear the custom ROMs coming?
The new Moto X and Moto G are a few weeks old by now, as both handsets started to roll out more than a month ago, met with generally positive reviews, and Motorola has just now released the kernel source code for both devices. What this should mean to you is generally dependant on how much you are involved with custom ROMs and modding.

The kernel is what stands between Android and the phone's hardware – allowing both to communicate flawlessly. Therefore, in order for a custom ROM to be built for, and be functional on a certain phone, it needs the proper kernel – the drivers for that exact phone's hardware, if you wish.

Android is an open source platform, which means that anyone can prod and poke at it and when one comes up with a new build, they are required to release the source code for that build back into the community – no matter whether the developer is a large manufacturer or a small-time ROM tinkerer.

So, with that being said, we should be expecting the modding community to come out with a number of custom builds pretty soon. The Moto G is often hailed as the king of affordable-phone-land, and the new Moto X is also enjoying a positive reception. Therefore, there should be a lot of modders interested in the new handsets.

Moto G GitHub | Moto X GitHub

via: Android Authority

Related phones

Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh
Moto G (2014)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh



1. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It's heresy, but my original moto x and current 2014 work well. I don't get the "must root to fix" itch from little things like I have before. At some point I'd consider it for nandroid backups and ad blocking, but I'm strangely happy with them.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's where i'm at too. i'll be glad when i get a Nexus 9 so that i can re-sharpen my modding expertise.

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