After much forecasting, Microsoft launched its first Android device last month. In a review by Corbin, he called it a phone for enthusiasts, and it is something that Microsoft is embracing. Microsoft has released Surface Duo’s kernel source, which will assist third-party developers in creating custom ROMs and kernels for unique devices.
Since Android devices are built around a distributed Linux kernel under an open-source license, manufacturers are required to release the underlying code upon request. Needless to say, some are better than others. Quickly publishing the kernel by Microsoft will help the Android development community create custom ROMs and kernel tweaks for the device which is much faster.
Microsoft got off to a good start in sharing details about what makes the Duo tick when it gave a comprehensive look at wiring within the last month. It is one of the few Android OEMs committed to a 3-year major OS upgrade and ships the device with a fully unlockable bootloader. Heck, also published a guide to building kernel with codebase. If you’re a developer (or just curious), you can take a gander at the kernel source code at Microsoft’s GitHub repository.
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