Google’s latest smartphone offerings, the Pixel 3 and 3xl, aren’t actually known for being open to 3rd party changes. Locked bootloaders, unavailability of a substantial custom rom library and few choices about the custom kernel for the Google Pixel 3 devices are just some of the problems that get in the way when trying to tinker with these devices.
But that doesn’t stop the geniuses at XDA from cooking up juicy new tools to get the most out of these phones. This time around XDA senior member Sultanxda, who is known for creating custom kernels, has cooked up a custom kernel for the Google Pixel 3 and the 3xl.
Dubbed The Sultan Kernel, the custom kernel for the Google Pixel 3 and the 3xl brings with it various enhancements and improvements. The list includes but is not limited to:
- Improved security and performance through reduced bloatware
- Faster fingerprint unlock and screen power on
- Improved memory management through a custom Low Memory Killer
- Improved battery life
- Better system performance and improved graphics performance
With all of these improvements lets see how you can install this kernel on your device…
This is a kernel change which the manufacturer, in our case Google, didn’t intended. So as such your phone could misbehave in nasty ways. So flash this at your own risk.
- Install a custom recovery on your device like TWRP. We have a handy guide written for OnePlus 6T but it should work fine for the Pixel 3 and 3 xl
- Download the Sultan Kernel
Installing the kernel
- To install the kernel, download the zip file from the link above and place it in your phone’s internal storage
- Turn off your device and boot into the Fastboot mode by pressing volume down+ power button
- select recovery
- While in recovery, select install and chose the kernel file you just downloaded onto your device
- After the kernel finished flashing, reboot and enjoy!
Using custom components like this custom kernel for the Google Pixel 3 and the 3xl can be fun and at times a pain. Be sure to give us feedback about your experience in the comments down below.