Just like they did with the international version, Samsung has diligently released the kernel source for the upcoming SGH-i747 and SGH-T999, the models we’ll come to understand as the Galaxy S III in North America. This means that, right off the bat, users will have access to the inner workings of the phone’s Linux core, allowing for overclocking, undervolting and general speed-based shenanigans.
While the phone has been delayed until June 27th in Canada, the launch is going ahead in the U.S. on Thursday the 21st on most carriers. The two models are differentiated by their basebands, with the i747 supporting LTE and the T999 supporting AWS bands up to 42Mbps. We recently heard that Mobilicity will be upgrading its network to 21Mbps 4G by the end of the year, so the Galaxy S III will be able to take advantage of those speeds.
Samsung releasing the kernel source doesn’t automatically mean that there will be lots of development for these devices. They’ll have to get into the hands of the various Android tweakers and hackers in the community, and because the phones will be relegated to the United States, it may take a while until we see custom ROMs such as CyanogenMOD and AOKP. Nevertheless, they will come, just like they did on single-carrier devices like the Galaxy S II X and Galaxy S II LTE, and we’ll bring you the latest as they do.