Will Verduzco · Jan 19, 2014 at 05:30 am

Samsung Releases Open Source Kernel Files for the Note 3 KitKat Update

Not too long ago, we saw a leaked KitKat build appear for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Promptly after, that same leaked build started rolling out as an official OTA in certain regions, beginning with Poland. This timing fell fell right in line with a previously leaked memo, indicating that Samsung would update the device to KitKat during this month. While the S4, and even all other variants of the Note 3, have yet to receive their official updates, at least relatively good progress is being made.

Now while official OTA updates are great for casual users, it’s perfectly understandable for power users to be hesitant to switch to the new OTA if they’re running a fully decked out version of the previous build—namely one that they have modified with a powerful, aftermarket kernel. Obviously, though, developing a kernel for a new version of an OS is aided dramatically when the manufacturer releases the accompanying GPL-mandated source code for the new updates. Thankfully, Samsung has now made good on the GPL requirements by releasing the kernel source code for the newly official NA6 update via their Open Source Release Center.

While this obviously isn’t really meant for end users, developers interesting in getting started using Samsung’s open source files to make a KitKat-based kernel for the Note 3 should make their way over to Samsung’s Open Source Release Center listings for the N9005. Then once you’re done and you’ve created your kernel goods, or to keep track of the development work made by your fellow community members, make your way over to the Galaxy Note 3 forums and share them with the community.

[Thanks to XDA Senior Member Brute.force for the tip!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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