Sam Caplat · Aug 8, 2011 at 04:00 pm

[BREAKING] HTC OpenSense SDK and Kernel Source Code Released!

It’s been too long, really. We all wanted this to be released a long time ago, but with HTC being HTC, it wasn’t. If you follow developments from HTC, you’ll know that they recently announced that they’ll be unlocking the bootloaders on the Sensation and EVO 3D, about months later than potentially helpful. They also recently released the kernel source code for the Incredible 2, but it would have helped for it to actually, you know, work.

At 11 AM EST, HTC made another announcement on their Twitter page stating, “Check out HTCdev.com. New SDKs, kernel source code, and the future home for our bootloader unlocking solution.”

What have we learned from this tweet? They have a new domain called HTCdev.com, on which features the new release of their OpenSense SDK, along with kernel source codes for their devices. Fantastic development, don’t you think?  Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Shortly after this announcement, our own XDA Recognized Developer supercurio tweeted asking @TeamAndIRC, “Tell me if you manage to compile #Sensation kernel from sources, fails here with msm8660_defconfig.” What have we gathered from tweet? It’s not working properly. HTC made a boo-boo.

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m happy that HTC finally pulled through and released something they said they would, especially something as fantastic as an SDK for Sense. It’s good they’re trying to get stuff right, but here’s my biggest gripe:  They’re not trying hard enough. Azrienoch says, “It’s like a billion-dollar circus, and free to watch.” He’s right. It’s surprising that a billion-dollar company can mess up this much and still be praised by those who revel in its developments as a breakthrough.

Despite these issues, I do wish HTC the best in resolving and overcoming them.  Many developers on XDA-Developers look forward to working with your SDK and kernel source code to develop unique and creative content.


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Sam Caplat

samcaplat is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. My name is Sam Caplat and I bash things into computers and good looking stuff comes out... apparently.
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