LeEco Releases Kernel Source Code for their Devices
In 2016, LeEco rapidly expanded their international presence with an aggressive marketing campaign in its first push into the United States.
The company launched the LeEco Le S3 and the LeEco Le Pro 3, and despite mixed reviews decrying the software experience, few have denied that these smartphones pack quite a punch in spite of their pricing. But software is something that can be fixed with enough tinkering, as we here at XDA are especially wont to do. However, one of the major hurdles facing active development is the timely release of kernel source code. Although required to do so under the GNU General Public License and GNU Lesser General Public License, some OEMs defer releasing kernel source code until they feel its necessary. Some companies release the code, but do so in an obscure location. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like LeEco will follow that trend.
LeEco has just released the kernel source code for a fair number of their products. The company has created a new Open Source landing page on their corporate website for current and future kernel source code releases. So far, there are 7 sets of kernel source code for 7 current LeEco products including the Le S3, Le Pro 3, Le 1s (Lollipop and Marshmallow), Le 1s Eco (Lollipop and Marshmallow), Le 2, Le Max and the Le Max 2. The company is also listing kernel source code for a few TVs they sell including the Super4 X55, Super4, X43 Pro, and the Super4 X65. Lastly, LeEco has included kernel sources for three different versions of the LeTV Box U4 set-top box.
Some people outside the United States are reporting that these kernel source download links are broken. Oddly, LeEco has seems to be restricting its kernel source code downloads to people living in the United States. Developers living outside of the U.S., at least for now, will have to use a U.S.-based VPN service to download the source code.
Update – LeEco has reached out and informed us that they had an issue with their CDN when they launched this landing page. What seemed to be limited to the United States only was only a networking issue on their end, and seems to been resolved now. After checking today, we’re able to download the kernel source code ZIPs from regions outside of the United States now.Source: LeEco