Samsung acknowledges lack of documentation for its Exynos SoC, promises solution

by: Bams SadewoOctober 10, 2012

Given Samsung’s penchant for giving away the source codes of its Android devices and making them publicly available to download, we can easily categorize Samsung as one of the more hacker-friendly Android manufacturers. But is it really the case?

Some developers beg to differ — at least when it comes to devices that sport Samsung’s Exynos processor, such as the international version of Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, which our sister publication has laid out in a recent post. In short, crafting a fully functioning custom ROM on Exynos-powered devices is a much harder endeavor due to the lack of documentation for the SoC for which “not a single line of code is available or has been leaked.”

The good news is Samsung has not turned a deaf ear to the complaints and has responded to the issue. As reported by XDA-developers, here’s a recent tweet posted on Samsung Exynos account:

In a later tweet, Samsung said that they’re working on a solution.

Is this a good enough response for the developer community? Probably not, since Samsung has yet to provide enough details of how they’re going to provide the documentation, if at all. Although this is a good start, it’s too early to call it a victory for hackers and tinkerers.

If you want to help the community, you can find more information on the petition thread requesting the Exynos sources on XDA-devs  forum. Hopefully we’ll hear some good news from Samsung.

  • Lalit Bhoj

    I wish they acknowledge the black clipping also.

  • Andrew Dodd

    They did not promise anything. Even in the past, when they have said they were working on something, it was clear they didn’t.

  • Chris

    And here we are, 3 months later and still, not one line of code or documentation.