While Lenovo did the same thing a few days ago with the Moto G4, it is now the turn of OnePlus. The Chinese company has announced that it has released the OnePlus 3 Android 7.0 Nougat kernel source code as part of its commitment to the software license on which OxygenOS is based. This step is great news for the owners of the OnePlus 3 and its improved version, the 3T.
Both the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T can be said to be two of the high-end smartphones more balanced by their relationship between the price they are worth and the benefits they offer. However, we must add another incentive and that is especially attractive for lovers of the Scene. And is that the company is really committed to the support of their devices – at least with the most current models.
We have seen how smartphones have received important updates on a timely basis (as may be seen in Android 7.0 Nougat) as well as continuous patches to optimize the firmware. Now the company goes one step further and releases the kernel source code for the latest update of its OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
Access to the cores of the OnePlus 3 kernel with Nougat
In fact, at this time anyone already has access to the code in OnePlus GitHub. And now is when your question comes: why do I want, as owner of OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T this kind of software? Actually, at least in most cases, as such will not be useful, nor even you can use it in “crude.”
And that the source code released by the manufacturer has developer its main focus. These are the ones that will be able to express the possibilities of the code since it is the key and tool to compile alternative kernels, patches, optimizations and even customized ROMs for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
Benefits offered to owners of OnePlus 3 and 3T
At this point is where the user of a foot with a latest generation OnePlus can benefit, especially those familiar with the Android Scene. And is that from now the developers have the ideal tool to launch alternative software and tweaks that manage to extract even more from the smartphone.
To give an example, it will now be easier for developers to compile a kernel with additional features that, on the one hand, improve and add additional features to the smartphone, which in turn benefits the owner by offering one more option to increase the user experience of your phone and even improve system stability and / or autonomy.
Similarly, with access to the kernel code, it opens the possibility for alternative developers to contribute their little bit in sections such as the latency of the OnePlus 3 screen, something that has generated some debate on the Web.
The last one after the release of OxygenOS 4.0.2, revision of the OTA update with Android 7.0 Nougat that finally did not optimize the touch panel response time of the display.
So we will have to wait for developers to start leveraging the lines of code and developing custom software, something that will surely happen soon.