Yesterday, we saw Google release the Android 4.4 KitKat OTAs for its two Google Play edition devices: the HTC One GPe and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe. While these releases are great for GPe device users looking to experience Google’s latest and greatest on their rather expensive phones, and even for those with standard devices looking to enjoy GPe-based ROMs, they’re not helpful to those interested in creating source-build KitKat-compatible ROMs and Kernels for their devices. Thankfully, HTC and Samsung have both released the GPL-compliant kernel source code for their devices running KitKat.
The Samsung goods can be found on Samsung’s Open Source Release Center, and the link of interest is the one labeled GT-I9505G_NA_KK. For HTC, the goods can be found on HTCDev. From there, simply select the HTC One Google Play edition as your device, and Android 4.4 as your OS. In addition to the kernel source, HTC also includes the framework support files for the device, weighing in at a healthy 371.7 MB.
Were you waiting for Samsung and HTC to release the kernel source? Are you planning on building your own KitKat ROM or kernel? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 forums to get in on the action._________