Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge kernel source code now up for download

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge kernel source code now up for download
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge have been released in more than 20 countries across the globe, Samsung decided to release the kernel source code for both flagships. If you're a developer, you can head on to the Samsung Opensource Release Center through the source link below and download the source codes for yourself.

Although the kernel source code availability is one important step towards the creation of custom Android ROMs for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung has yet to release the detailed documentation for the Exynos 7420 chipset. Unlike Qualcomm, a company that releases detailed documentation for its Snapdragon line of mobile chips, Samsung isn't as popular among custom ROM makers due to the fact that it doesn't release the source code for its in-house chips, thus hindering custom ROM development. What this means is that users still have some waiting to do before getting their hands on custom Android ROMs for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge.

Before developers get around to releasing custom Android ROMs for the Galaxy S6 series (which may take a while), you can check out the most popular Android ROMs for last year's Samsung Galaxy S5 using the link here.


source: Samsung

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8 Comments

1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Why would anyone want garbage, incomplete customs on s6. It already has best software in the market? Customs suck cause they often screw up basic funcions of the phone, not to mention stability problems, crashes, and possible spyware. No, thx.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good custom roms generally improve performance and stability. Features shouldn't be lost because without bootloader unlock, the custom roms are going to need to be TW based, mostly debloating and tweaks. But like the article stated, it's going to be more work with the Exynos.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's true, but the S6 doesn't need it. The Factory Firmware on this model is equal or better than any ROM out the box and I don't have to give up Samsung's features either. What I do want though is root access so when I do backup I can backup my whole device, not just messages and apps and contacts. I don't understand why Samsung Kies can't backup the data for apps like iTunes does which is the only good thing about iOS devices. I can't wait, 2 more weeks and I get my Gold S6 Edge. I just played with just another S6 Edge and I am totally in love. I love my Note 4, but in 2 weeks it is about to get shelved.

3. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Well there are enthusiast that like to tinker and have fun with their devices, this is one fun part of Android. And sometimes there are bugs in devices that dev communities tend to fix well before official fixes come around. Imagine the battery saving when you can switch off 2 A57 cores, or better yet use only the A53 cores, it's just fun and practical at the same time.

4. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Haha, so paranoid!

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i wouldnt mind some custom roms, thats the beauty of android, you get bored, you change to another custom rom. if there is a cool custom rom, i wouldnt mind changing it.

6. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

By saying "custom ROMS" is this article referring to strictly AOSP or also TW based ROMS?

7. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In this case, only TW based roms. Without bootloader unlock, you're not going to be able to flash an AOSP or CM based rom.

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