HTC has released the kernel sources for their 46 day-old flagship smartphone, the HTC U11+. The full kernel source code, which was officially published on Wednesday, is the second source code package for Android 8.0 Oreo pushed out by HTC recently. HTC has recently managed to develop a reputation for themselves as prompt pushers of kernel source code and other such developer resources. While their phones may have fallen off the map for some users in recent times, it seems there may be a good chance for HTC to reaffirm their footprint on the Android scene via the enthusiast space.
For those of you who are unaware, kernel source code is a vital component to the development of custom ROMs like LineageOS, as well as custom recoveries like TWRP. Publishing these sources has the potential to spark and trigger custom ROM and mod development for the device, and strengthen the device's modding community, making it a very alluring option for enthusiasts committed to the Taiwanese manufacturer's way of running the show (squeezable phones and BoomSound speakers are apparently very enticing).
The HTC U11+, for those of you with tiny memory spans, is the spiritual successor to the HTC U11, with an 18:9 narrow-bezel display, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, IP68 certification and all the stellar internals of the original U11. You can take a look at it on Amazon
You can grab the kernel sources from the HTC Dev Portal, linked below.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for the prospect of custom ROM development for the U11+? Will it be on your wishlist this Christmas? Let us know in the comments, or be sure to tell us down below in the forums.
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