HTC posts source code for One and Droid DNA

The HTC One isn’t available on a global basis just yet, but the phone’s source code is. HTC just posted the files along with those for last year’s Droid DNA. The One’s code offers devs and tinkerers their first opportunity to check out the behind-the-scenes workings of such new Sense elements as BlinkFeed.

The availability of the code comes with plenty of time for those awaiting the HTC One Developer Edition to get a bit of a head start on tweaking the software of the upcoming flagship (and judging by its current out of stock status, there are more than just a few waiting). That version of the phone will be available April 19th, which coincides with the One’s launch in the US on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

[via @htcdev]

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  • Butters619

    Did they release the source for the camera? Seriously HTC, that would be a major help to your cause.

    • Chris Chavez

      Yes, for the millions of users who root their phones. O_o

      • Butters619

        Lol. Good point on that one. At least it’d help a little? Maybe? Hopefully? :P

      • Mike Reid

        Huh ??

        This is just kernel source code. Every OEM is legally obligated to release kernel source.

        Unless something drastic has changed, they aren’t being any more open than the law and the Linux GPL license requires.

  • blest

    Wow.. HTC is picking up the ball. Maybe they are learning. I’d seriously consider picking up one. Especially if the camera source is available.

    • Knobskin

      Noob question but what can you do with the camera source?

      • blest

        Tbh normally the Cyanogenmod and HTC developers always make nice roms but the camera screws it up. If you can’t modify it using source you end up Frankensteining it from another phone similar to the model you have. Which ends up being buggy for a while. My rezound had sideways pictures, sometimes it would reboot while snapping, static pics.

        Basically a bunch of stress that could of been avoided.

      • Butters619

        Another important thing to remember is a lot of post processing is done in the software. So picture quality has as much (or more) to do with the software than it does with the hardware.

        One example (no pun intended) would be the One X. Has amazing camera software but HTC never released the camera source. Without it, all of the ROMs based on AOSP (CM, AOKP, etc) had to piece together other inferior cameras and drivers to make it work. They work ok, but they are nowhere near as capable as the stock camera. Still every so often it will cause my phone to crash and the picture quality just isn’t the same. It’s one of the only drawbacks to AOSP ROMs.

  • itmustbejj

    A positive step, HTC, just make sure you don’t follow it with two backward.

  • Chris Chavez

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this phone and rub it all over my face. *breaths heavily*

    • Nieves Diaz III

      creepy chris, just plain creepy lol….and weird!

  • meijin3

    So how does this help a DNA owner, exactly?

    • Sean Royce

      It heIps developers a lot. Lets just leave it at that.

  • nick

    Will this help with unlocking the DNA boatloader after the 2.04 update