Where can I find out more about the operating system on your phone? If you’ve found this page, it’s safe to assume you’re using Android in some form; nevertheless, there’s a wide range of flavors beyond those officially sanctioned by Google. While most of us stay with official releases from our device makers, we can also try out custom ROMs developed by third-party programmers. This week, Samsung has begun giving out kernel sources for the Galaxy S23 family, kicking off the mod scene for the company’s newest flagships.
The Linux kernel sources for Samsung’s S23 models SM-S91xB and SM-S91xU have been available. Regrettably, after making those downloads accessible, the website had some maintenance. Yet, XDA attests to their existence before this brief outage.
We’re not shocked to see how quickly Samsung makes this code available. Yet this time, it surpassed itself, releasing this resource just a week after the S23 series went on sale. It is a few days quicker than the turnaround when the S22 kernel sources were released last year. Samsung was juggling S22 phones with Exynos and Snapdragon processors at the time. Now that the firm is fully committed to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with the S23, its development efforts have been much more streamlined.
None of this ensures that clever modifications from independent developers or even full-fledged ROMs will be available soon. But now that Samsung’s open-source repository is operational once more, the initiative is, at the very least, in their hands.