Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 19:41 UTC, submitted by Radio
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "As many of you already know, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead for the Android Open-Source Project at Google, recently started an open source project to build a vanilla Android version for Xperia S (LT26i). From Sony side, we welcome the project and support it with resources and contributions. We always try to promote and support external innovation and the openness that Android brings. We have now published binaries required for the LT26i project to progress." Say what you will about Sony, but this is a fantastic move. Samsung, could you please take a moment from harassing bloggers and do the same for your own devices? Thanks.
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Hmmmm
by KLU9 on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 20:38 UTC
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Hmmmm... that surname "Queru"... looks familiar. Any disclosures you wanna make? ;)

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RE: Hmmmm
by rjamorim on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 21:17 UTC in reply to "Hmmmm"
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2005-12-05

Hmmmm... that surname "Queru"... looks familiar. Any disclosures you wanna make? ;)


I thought everyone around here already knew he is Eugenia's husband.

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Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 20:55 UTC
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We have now published binaries required for the LT26i project to progress.


just wondering how this got past sonys lockdown-department

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by przemo_li on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 22:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
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2010-06-01

Simple had "contributed" ONLY BINARY BLOBS.

So if Google change ABI in Android, than all those who will use those blobs will be left in the cold.

Also:

What the heck is with you guys? Andi is OpenSource project. Why are you getting excited when someone help it by making part of it ClosedSource?

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by Soulbender on Tue 4th Sep 2012 05:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
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I have no idea what you're trying to say.

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by Radio on Tue 4th Sep 2012 06:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
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2009-06-20

Simple had "contributed" ONLY BINARY BLOBS.

Of course. As they clearly state, those blobs are Qualcomm's property. Ask Qualcomm if you want the source to be opened.

It is still a reason to be excited, because those blobs enable developpers to run Android with their own (open) source. Which you need in order to, you know, reverse-engineer or develop your own open-source replacement for the blobs. So it is exciting because we are real coders who dwelve in real coding, not ethereal beings who throw taboos and ukase from our ivory tower. We need those blobs as a shortcut, a stepping stone, even if we want to discard it later.

Edited 2012-09-04 06:41 UTC

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New customer
by robmv on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 20:56 UTC
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2006-08-12

Sony bootloader unlock service, the previous hints of Sony releasing HAL source code, CyanogenMod support, and the AOSP experiment with the Xperia S, made me decide to try a non Nexus device for the first time. I received 2 hours ago my Xperia S

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lol... tar.zip
by FunkyELF on Tue 4th Sep 2012 15:14 UTC
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Went to see what these binaries are... they are shipped in a rather unconventional format of tar.zip

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... which I just unziped to find that it is not a zipped tar file, but a zipped up directory with the name SW_binaries_for_Xperia_S_v1.tar

Edited 2012-09-04 15:16 UTC

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