In step with its promise of releasing the kernel supply codes of all its new smartphones inside weeks of their industrial launch, Xiaomi has now uploaded the Android Pie kernel sources for the Redmi Word 8 (ginkgo) and Word Eight Professional (begonia) on Github. The units, which have been unveiled in China just a few weeks again, are anticipated to be launched in India subsequent month.
The comparatively fast launch of the supply codes for these two units is additional proof that Xiaomi is aligning itself to the mainstream of Android smartphone distributors like Samsung, who usually releases the kernel sources of its units earlier than their world launch. The shortage of kernel codes have earlier hindered third-party improvement for Xiaomi’s smartphones up to now, so followers will now be blissful to see that the corporate is following by means of with its promise.
Xiaomi has usually been criticized by FOSS proponents and builders for its failure to abide by the GNU Basic Public License v2 license, which governs open supply software program equivalent to Android. The corporate has usually both fully didn’t launch kernel sources for its smartphones and tablets, or launched them lengthy after the launch of the system, each of that are an outright violation of the GNU GPL license.
Whereas one has to respect Xiaomi’s definitive dedication to abide by the GPL, the three-week delay continues to be a bit disappointing, particularly when firms like Samsung have been extraordinarily forthright in releasing the kernel sources of its units. With its rising stature within the world smartphone market, the Chinese language tech big will, hopefully, make it some extent to begin releasing the kernel codes concurrently with the launch of the respective units.