Samsung Unleashes Kernel Source for Exynos Galaxy S7 Edge

March 11, 2016 - Written By Tom Dawson

Today is the day that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge launch all over the world and understandably it’s a big deal for Samsung fans the world over. When Samsung took wraps off of the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge they were much as we were expecting them to be; evolutions of the previous devices. However, they did bring a lot to the table, and those that skipped over the Galaxy S6 will be happy to see some staple Samsung features make a return. Those features that are coming back include the microSD card slot as well as IP67 water-resistance, which was something that made the Galaxy S5 a great device.

One more very “Samsung-y thing” has returned with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is the fact that they will be launching all over the world in different variants. Some of them will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, while others will be available with an Exynos 8890, produced by none other than Samsung themselves. Today, Samsung has released Kernel Source for the SM-G935F, otherwise known as the Galaxy S7 Edge running an Exynos 8890. Kernel Source refers to the files and code that allows Android to run on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Thanks to Android’s open source license, when a manufacturer makes changes, they are also required to release that code under the same license.

For everyday users, this sort of news isn’t all that interesting, but to those that are looking forward to see what they can do with the Galaxy S7 Edge’s hardware, this will be welcome news. This will also be good news for those that are anxiously looking forward to some custom ROMs as getting the Kernel Source out there will be one of the first steps to these ROMs being created. As for where the Exynos version of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will end up, those across the pond in the UK and other parts of Europe will no doubt be the main audience, while North America is getting the Snapdragon 820 version.