Just before a small community of distraught developers gear up to sue HTC in an effort to get that kernel source they’re required to release for the HTC EVO 4G, they’ve done it. It’s been a month since the device has launched, and – compared to how long it took HTC to offer up the goods for the HTC Hero – I’d say that EVO owners and developers are lucky to be getting the source so soon.
For those that don’t know why the kernel source is so desirable for a developer, it’s because it’ll allow them to get as deep as they need to in order to develop new features and ROMs with access to all of the phone’s unique features. A vanilla Froyo ROM on the EVO, for instance, wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the cameras or the HDMI-out port, 4G radios, and several other quirks that comes with the EVO due to the fact that developers can’t freely use the modules and drivers needed to access these components.
If you’re a developer – or if you just want to feel cool by having the file on your hard drive (like me) – head on over to HTC’s Developer Center to download the source now.