It’s truly impressive how dedicated the developers in our community are in working to keep old devices relevant with the latest OS updates, even after their manufacturers have ditched them entirely in favor of newer devices. In one such development, XDA Recognized Developer sakindia123 has ported the Linux 3.0.16 kernel to the HTC Explorer. This is great news for ROM developers since this will bring better support for ICS and Jelly Bean ROMs, in addition to better speed and security.
At the moment, the kernel supports most device features including touch screen, hardware acceleration, brightness, screen controls, accelerometer, vibrator, ambient light sensor, RIL, camera, clock, battery, phone calls, messaging, mobile data, capacitive buttons, GPS, storage, deep sleep, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Sound also works, though the volume is rather low. The volume-up and power buttons aren’t functional at the moment though, and the lack of power button functionality would likely be the primary reason for the kernel to be not yet ready for use as a daily driver. However, the developer is working on the kernel, and we might likely see a fix for this in a future update.