HMD Global Releases Kernel Source Code For Nokia 8


After drawing criticism from Android enthusiasts, HMD Global started sharing the kernel sources of its Nokia devices a few weeks back. HMD started with the release of sources for the Nokia 6 (2017) and Nokia 1. The Finnish company has now posted the kernel source code for the Nokia 8.

The Android kernel is based on that of Linux, and the Linux kernel is licensed under the GPLv2. The terms of GPLv2 mandate the sharing of any modifications which are made to the Linux kernel. HMD Global is therefore legally bound to release the kernel source for all the Nokia devices running Android. Kernel sources are also useful for developers who wish to build custom ROMs, recoveries and custom kernels for devices.

Although the kernel source for the Nokia 8 is now available, it won't be of any use to custom ROM builders because there is still no way to unlock the bootloader of the Nokia 8. An unlocked bootloader is an essential requirement to install custom ROMs.



The available kernel source code for the Nokia 8 is based on Oreo 8.1. The Nokia 8 received the Android 8.1 update in February. The kernel source code is 140MB in size and can be found at the link in the source.


[Image credit - HMD Global]

Krittin Kalra
Krittin Kalra is a 20 year old Android freak. Striving for passions, chasing down his dreams and living a life without regrets is his sole mantra. A bit moody, he also does custom ROM reviews for AndroGuider. Currently pursuing his B.Tech, he aspires to follow his heart.
HMD Global Releases Kernel Source Code For Nokia 8 HMD Global Releases Kernel Source Code For Nokia 8 Reviewed by Krittin Kalra on 4/22/2018 05:00:00 PM
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