Samsung releases Galaxy S III kernel source for international version

Daniel Bader

May 31, 2012 7:51pm

The Galaxy S III was released last earlier this week in 28 countries — rather, the i9300 variant was — with its quad-core Exynos processor and 1GB RAM. Now Samsung, as per Android’s open-source requirements, has released the kernel source for the device, allowing developers to create custom kernels that overclock, undervolt and generally tweak the way the device works.

Because the North American variant(s) will use a different processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960, the kernel source for the i9300 is not compatible. But there will be many Canadians importing the quad-core version from sites like Expansys to take advantage of the larger developer community and improved graphics capabilities.

If you’re such a person, head on over to Open Source Samsung or XDA-Developers for more information.

Source: Engadget
Via: Android Police

  • Tom

    So the i9300 supports UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz.

    I guess that means it would be compatible with our incumbent carriers, but not the new entrants (no 1700).

    Kinda’ odd that the international version would include 850/1900 given that those frequencies are pretty much only used in North America.

  • NoBBM

    And this is exacly why you should buy the INTERNATIONAL version…. if you can.
    The NA version will include the big 3 plus AT&T, so hopefully there are a few developers within that community.
    It’s better than having a Rogers or a Telus only version but still…

  • PkaTka

    I am not a big fan of custom roms anyway. I’d rather take the 2gbs of ram.

  • purdy44

    If they got Cyanogenmod running on a North American Galaxy S Captivate, I’m sure they’ll have it -and the other big roms – running on the GS3 in no time. I’m not sure about you guys, but I personally like to run stock for the first year before rooting. Gives em time to iron out some kinks.

  • sak500

    Love the phone since i got it on 24th may. Can’t wait for some overclocking on this