After much anticipation, Microsoft launched its first Android device last month. In Corbin’s review, he called it an enthusiast phone, and that seems to be appealing to Microsoft. Microsoft has released the Surface Duo kernel source which will help third party developers create custom ROMs and kernels for the unique device.

Since Android devices are based on Linux kernels, which are sold under an open source license, manufacturers must release the underlying code on request. Needless to say, some are better at this than others. Microsoft, releasing the kernel early, is helping the Android developer community build custom ROMs and kernel tweaks for the device so much faster.

Microsoft got off to a good start sharing details on what makes the duo tick when we took a comprehensive look at the cabling inside last month. It̵

7;s also one of the few Android OEMs to commit to three years of major OS upgrades and ship the device with a fully unlockable bootloader. Heck, it even posted a tutorial on building the kernel alongside the code base. If you’re a developer (or just curious), you can check out the kernel source code for yourself on Microsoft’s GitHub repository.

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