Realme 2 Pro and Realme 5/5s/5i Android 10 kernel source code now available
BBK Electronics’ Realme brand spun out of OPPO, but the brand’s Realme UI is still closely tied to OPPO’s ColorOS software. With the Android 10 update, Realme has introduced its self-branded Realme UI OS to many of its devices. The brand has been gradually publishing updated kernel sources corresponding to those releases. Now, the brand has now posted Android 10-compatible kernel source code for the Realme 2 Pro and the entire non-Pro Realme 5 family that includes the Realme 5, Realme 5s, and the Realme 5i.
Realme 2 Pro
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Realme 2 Pro already has a rich aftermarket development community, made possible by the early kernel source drop from Realme. The phone picked up its stable Android 10 update about a month ago. However, the kernel source code corresponding to the update wasn’t made available up until now. You can visit Realme’s GitHub repo at the link below to download the updated source code (all without a proper commit history).
The Realme 5 and the Realme 5s share a common firmware due to their internal similarities, which means the existing Android Pie-based kernel source for the Realme 5 is somewhat suited for the Realme 5s as well. Despite sporting the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC as the Realme 5/5s, the Realme 5i needs its own firmware, although there is very little difference between these devices. That’s why Realme has released the updated kernel source code for the Realme 5i in the same branch as the Realme 5/5s’s release rather than under its own branch as they did earlier this year. Check out the unified source below.
Apart from the lack of commit history, Realme is known for publishing broken and/or incomplete source code. They are still not as swift as OnePlus when it comes to releasing and keeping the kernel sources up-to-date, but at least they are in a much better position than OPPO and Vivo, the two other companies owned by BBK Electronics.