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HTC Thunderbolt Kernel Source Released, Time To Get Your Real ROM on

Something big happened late last night, the kernel source for the HTC Thunderbolt was released.  What exactly does that mean?  Well, for 1, that developers can start to create real ROMs for the device that will more than likely function a hell of a lot better than your stock one would.  This is a huge step towards the Thunderbolt reaching its full potential with a better battery life.

Download the kernel source from HTC’s site.

Cheers 0mie and MrBob!

  • Cflores1985

    II’m using my tbolt and nothing happened. It tells me after the download that there is no file…what should I do,cuz I’m.still using 2.6.31 not 2.6.32

  • Onefall

    Not sure what all the crying is about with the battery. I purchased my Tbolt on release day and had issues only on day one. After 2 or 3 full charges it is now lasting me all day with regular use. Here is an example…unplugged it at 4 am this morning and it is now almost 5:30 pm where I live and still have 41% battery. So quit using Tbolt = battery issues in every story…cause mine is not “pulling out” anytime soon :-p

    • jason6g

      same experiance, until i went to washing dc… there i was only getting 6 hours and had horrible reception – while all my other phones have worked excellent in that area, the tbolt definitly has some service issues. otherwise i love this phone and wish people would just pipe down about all their problems

    • Proskaterkid01

      haha thats because you have no friends and noone calls you, your normal use compared to everyone elses is different :) we actually have people calling us, and have peopl to call. jk jk

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

    I Don’t Own A TBolt But I Would Want An SBF File Before I Started Flashing ROM’s, Just To Be On The “Safe” Side…

    • jason6g

      i may be wrong, but sbf files are a motorola thing =/

      there are “update.zip” type files to reset back to factory if anything does go south though.

      same end result, just a bit different approach – i for one like the htc setup, handy while on the go when you dont have a computer handy to save your behind

  • elmuchodroido

    *Pauly D voice* Kernel-Kernel-Kernel.. Kernel-Kernel-Kernel.. lol

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    Kinda funny all you HTC fanboys have to root your phone to get a decent product

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    Kinda funny all you HTC fanboys have to root your phone to get a decent product

    • Anonymous

      No, every android user tries to root to get a BETTER product.

    • James Murphy

      As if it’s not way worse with Moto.

    • Cwpit81

      You sir are dumb

  • RealRoms

    Shit just got real.

  • Ajkmoua

    I have no idea what is being talked about here, but I do own a Thunderbolt…Help explain, please? Thanks

  • Ajkmoua

    I have no idea what is being talked about here, but I do own a Thunderbolt…Help explain, please? Thanks

    • Ajkmoua

      “This is a huge step towards the Thunderbolt reaching its full potential with a better battery life.” …This is all I seem to understand from this posting :)

      • Muddy B00ts

        One of the great things about android, is that you don’t have to rely on the manufacturer to give you awesome features. If you root (gain root access, allowing access to system files, etc) your phone, you can put an entirely new operating system on your phone (usually newer souped–up versions of android with some developer imagination built in).

        Now that this has been released, some very talented people will make better versions of the software on the Thunderbolt that will give us more features and better battery life. I remember having all the same questions when i was new to it and I hope this helps. I could be wrong on some points, but I think this is the basic gist. I recommend you do more research on the interwebz.

        • Ajkmoua

          @Muddy B00ts…Thank you so much for the explanation ;)

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      It means the POS bolt might upgradeable to a piece of crap yay

      • elmuchodroido

        so much hate brian. so much hate. I’m not an HTC fanboy or any kind of fanboy for that matter, but I have a Bolt, and it craps on my Droid X. lol.. We are all united under Andy, let’s act that way. lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/richardjdillon Rich Dillon

        your just mad cause you dont have one

        /obvious

  • Anonymous

    Does this mean we will be getting an official gingerbread ROM ? What does AOSP mean? Please explain to this noob

    • Mike

      AOSP is Android Open Source Project…..pretty much what you get on a OG Droid 1, simple android, no blur or sense or any layered crapola!

      • Anonymous

        So will we be getting an AOSP built from source gingerbread ROM on our ‘bolt?

        • Muddy B00ts

          That’s what it sounds like, I heard somewhere that CM7 was already in the works for TB.

      • Anonymous

        So will we be getting an AOSP built from source gingerbread ROM on our ‘bolt?

  • http://www.facebook.com/robrbecker Rob Becker

    HTC does it right! Moto you can satisfy the “carriers” by locking the device AND satisfy the devs / tweakers by making it easy to unlock. PRETTY PLEASE!

  • Anonymous

    I’m lookin at you Motorola! >:(

  • Nudl

    hey quick question, sort of off topic. is it possible to remove bloat apps without rooting simply using adb? i feel like i’ve searched everywhere but can’t find the answer. im still not ready to root the tbolt even though my d1 was rooted as soon as i got it. any info would be great

    • Igor

      Yes, you do not need to root your TB to get rid of BW and other crap ANDROID CENTRAL have explained it here
      http://forum.androidcentral.com/thunderbolt-rooting-roms-hacks/72916-guide-how-remove-bloatware-thunderbolt.html
      Hope that helps

      • Anonymous

        You have to be rooted to use Corey’s method.

      • Fresh

        … you have to be rooted to do that

        • Igor

          Yes My bad

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

            hahaha i don’t know why but this convo was hilarious.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1333920154 Steve DeBellis

      Besides CityID.. Nope

  • Maizekid

    All that much better

  • Anonymous

    bring on CM7!

  • Dshudson

    Indeed this is great news..even to me.. after spending 3 hours rooting my TB I need the smaaaat people to start working on this.. so I can continue using my phone the way Verizon didn’t intend me too.. I will donate as usual.. :-)

  • kush

    Im with you, blackcat. And htown, yes it does mean overclocking & kernals.

    Why don’t the manufacturers use their techs to release mo betta updates & keep the phones efficient as possible?

    Is it just so they can sell the next upgrade, hardware wise, to the masses. Does it basically come down to that, physical phone sales?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1156200227 Johnny Perry

    So does this mean that we will be able to install ROMs without rooting?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Huh? That’s not possible on any phone.

      • Dshudson

        even I know that..

  • Interstellarmind

    this is something that moto has never done/ will never do, right?

    …i’m trying to decide my next purchase (bionic vs evo 3d)

    • Anonymous

      Pretty much, except for their version of the Nexus

    • Anonymous

      Moto doesn’t do that at all, ever.

      In fact, their bootloaders are locked in the CPU, not just software. The Droid X is a good example — no one has the CPU unlock key even now, many months later. They can still root and do custom ROMs to an extent, but it’s not fully available to all sorts of manipulation like HTC’s phones are.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        There is no difference in my opi ion I did the same thing with my droid x as I did with my og droid people just like to complain. .03% root there phones anyway…what’s good about root oh free wireless tether thats about it there’s nothing crazy that people make it seemlike … maybe some new’lockscreens and power control’bar in the notifications but its all not that big people just are misi formed

        • Anonymous

          lol, yea no difference

          1) Remove the bloatware
          2) Low-voltage processor kernel — less power per clock cycle, more battery life
          3) Improvements and mods make phone even faster or more customizable
          4) As you mentioned, wireless tethering.

          Feel free to complain though.

          • GotSka81

            Let’s not forget the one thing that keeps all our OG Droids alive…overclocking!

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        There is no difference in my opi ion I did the same thing with my droid x as I did with my og droid people just like to complain. .03% root there phones anyway…what’s good about root oh free wireless tether thats about it there’s nothing crazy that people make it seemlike … maybe some new’lockscreens and power control’bar in the notifications but its all not that big people just are misi formed

    • http://www.facebook.com/mhamburger1 Mark Hamburger

      Moto does release the kernel source, and is required to by law (The Linux kernel is GPL)

      https://opensource.motorola.com/sf/sfmain/do/viewProject/projects.droidx — droid x sources.

      Now actually being able to use them is a different matter, encrypted bootloader will not allow you to replace the kernel.

  • Anonymous

    Patiently waiting for oc kernels :)

  • http://twitter.com/Craigboy Craig Boyte

    Awesome!

  • xerotix

    sweetness!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    damn, depending on the bootloader status of the new Motorola phones, might have to switch to HTC for the next phone.

    this is certainly interesting news.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet. Does this also imply overclocking and lower voltage kernels?

    • http://twitter.com/Craigboy Craig Boyte

      Sure does