With competitors such as Sony Ericsson beginning to provide bootloader unlocking and enhanced developer support, Samsung is making a point to be quick with their release of kernel source code, having previously offered Replenish kernel source before the device released to market. Now source for the European Galaxy S II (GT-I9000) is available for download, meaning custom kernels and ROMs are not far away.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is the flagship device of Samsung’s Android lineup, running a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos CPU, HSPA+, 1 GB of RAM, and the latest TouchWiz 4.0 UI. Samsung maintains an unlocked bootloader system called “ODIN” that uses a proprietary interface separate from the Android standard “fastboot”. Using this system the Galaxy S II was previously rooted, and it is through ODIN that custom kernels built from Samsung’s source code release will be deployed.
With the kernel source available, the path is paved for future custom-built releases such as an overclocked kernel, or changes to the filesystem and scheduling to make the smartphone perform smoother and faster. CynaogenMod 7, an Android Open Source ROM requires kernel source code to build, and is also now a possibility with today’s release.