HTC held their official announcement for the One A9 back in October, and the device has already been on sale, raised in price, and come back down for one day only during yesterday's sale for various HTC products. The price is back up to the normal, non-promotional cost of $499 though for those wondering. The HTC One A9 is the first HTC device to come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google's latest version of the Android operating system, as it shipped with it running out of the box and it's still the only device in HTC's lineup which carries the software, aside from the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet and the HTC One M8 GPe. Now just a couple of weeks into its launch, HTC has already pushed out Android 6.0 Marshmallow source kernels for the HTC One A9.
If you're an average end user of the device then you will likely have no need ot mess around with these let alone be excited about them. For developers though, the release of these source kernels is great news, as it means they now have some tools they need in order to start work on a more customized version of software for HTC's newest smartphone. For those who aren't fond of the way the software skin looks on HTC devices and prefer something more personalized and unique, developers working with ROMs need these kernels to further their projects and their work, so this means those who like to tinker will potentially have something to utilize in the near future.
Those looking to get their hands on these kernels for whatever purposes they may need them for can head over to the HTC Developer Center to grab the correct files, each weighing in at 205MB. It's worth noting that there is no U.S. version of these source kernels yet, however, there are kernels for various other models in international models for Arabic, German, Spanish, Austrian, and Turkish regions. Since not all models of the HTC One A9 have the source kernel files available, developers in the U.S. or other regions not able to access the files yet will want to keep an eye on the Developer Center page for when HTC has them ready.