One of the big questions since Google I/O was if source code for the Google Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One would be released. Well we now have an answer to that. Today both devices went up for sale on Google Play. And like clockwork, Jean-Baptiste Queru, the guy in charge of AOSP put up a post on the Android Building Google Group. Here's what it says:
Google is hosting a mirror of the GPL files for the initial factory state of the Google Play edition devices, at the following URIs:
Checksums:65f897e5ea505ebe1d5e9cb65ba5386c galaxy-s4-google-gpl-4.2.2-20130625.zipc46ff789d05ce9b10442e369016a9510 htc-one-google-gpl-4.2.2-20130625.zip4a3991710a67097dacaa009fc324bb0468645a4d galaxy-s4-google-gpl-4.2.2-20130625.zipda743c46fc130604bff3a822b9544a3b5b3ee477 htc-one-google-gpl-4.2.2-20130625.zipThose files will be linked from a proper web page at the first opportunity, and the URIs will remain the same.JBQ
So it looks like for those that were hoping to see stock Android for their carrier branded HTC One or Galaxy S4, your dreams are about to become a reality, rather soon. For most of us, we have no idea what to do with the source code. But we do know that this helps ensure more stable custom ROMs, kernels and much more. It's great to see both Google and HTC release the source code for both devices. This is definitely a step in the right direction. I really can't wait to see what kind of ROMs come out of all this new code hitting Google's servers today.
Now all we need is some Android 4.3 goodness! Hopefully that will come sooner rather than later. For those of you that have purchased a Google Edition phone, it's not shipping until July 9th. And hopefully Google, Samsung and HTC will post the images on the developer site so you can go back to stock, just like if you had a Nexus 4, 7, 10 or Galaxy Nexus. Now wouldn't that be awesome?
I'm really starting to like this whole "Google Edition" thing. Now if we could just get the phones on contract or at a lower price. Then Google will have a hit on their hands.