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HMD publishes Nokia 2.1 kernel source code

The Nokia 2.1 was announced back in late May, and it’s HMD’s new budget offering. With pricing starting at around $115 for an Android Go phone with a 4.000mAh battery, it sounds like a decent deal. HMD has just released the source code for the 2.1, nearly a month after it did so for the 5.1.

HMD is required to release the source code by the GPL. That would ordinarily help with custom ROM and recovery development, but since Nokia refuses to allow its bootloaders to be unlocked, this doesn’t really do much good. Read More

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Moto G5S Plus kernel source code for Android 8.1 Oreo is out

All manufacturers are required by the GPL to release the kernel source code whenever there’s a change to it, which usually happens when a major update is pushed. The Moto G5S Plus, codenamed ‘sanders,’ has been waiting for its Oreo update for quite a while now, but with news of a soak test occurring in Brazil and this source code’s release, it looks like it may be coming soon.

The Moto G5S Plus is the Moto G5 Plus’s successor, offering a dual rear camera setup, metal body, and a 5.5″ 1080p display. Read More

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HMD publishes Nokia 5.1 kernel source code

HMD Global may still be refusing to unlock bootloaders, but it’s required to release each phone’s source code by the GPL. The company has just published the kernel source for the Nokia 5.1, which was announced a little under two months ago.

For those unfamiliar with source code, it allows developers to build custom software like ROMs and custom recoveries more easily. However, because Nokia is refusing to allow its bootloaders to be unlocked, there’s really not much that can be done. Read More

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Spotify Lite unofficially ported to Wear OS

Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to usher in a wave of smartwatch applications that could run independently from a connected phone… but that didn’t really happen. Most popular Wear OS apps still rely on a Bluetooth connection with your phone, including the official Spotify application. Thankfully, there’s now a full-featured Spotify client for Wear OS, courtesy of moneytoo on the XDA Forums.

Spotify Lite was released last month for Android, and even though it was much smaller than the normal application, it lacked quite a bit of functionality. Read More

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