Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jan 2013 12:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Daniel 'Codeworkx' Hillenbrand on why he's not going to work on cm10 for the Galaxy SIII anymore: "Before the release of the Samsung Galaxy S II we were promised support and devices. We received the S2 and the whole community was praising Samsung. To me, that was nothing but a good PR stunt, because there has not been even the slightest bit of support ever since. Actually Samsung vehemently refuses to hand out any information or even a single line of code to us. Our contact at Samsung seems to be willing to support us, but gets blocked by his superiors." His advice to prospective Android buyers is clear. "All manufacturers have an equally bad update policy, so if you like a Samsung device, just buy it. If you want to use AOSP or CyanogenMod on the other hand, you should stay away from Exynos devices, because they just don't meet the requirements. Instead I recommend you to buy Nexus or Qualcomm/OMAP devices that haven't been completely botched by the manufacturer."
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Narrowing the field
by butters on Tue 8th Jan 2013 15:23 UTC
butters
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2005-07-08

TI pulled the plug on OMAP, and while NVIDIA still has game in the tablet segment, Qualcomm also plays well there while kinda pulling away in the phone segment. So we have Apple A-Series with PowerVR, Samsung Exynos with Mali, Qualcomm Snapdragon with Adreno, and NVIDIA Tegra with not-really-GeForce (mostly for tablets).

So AOSP should run up on stage and give Qualcomm a great big bear-hug like Microsoft did at CES last night? I imagine that keynote was quite painful for Intel to watch. Bit concerning for NVIDIA as well.

My GS3 has a Snapdragon. Had to bypass the stupid Verizon bootloader lock, but otherwise CM10 is working pretty darn well for me.

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RE: Narrowing the field
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 8th Jan 2013 15:41 in reply to "Narrowing the field"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Oh, yeah. I totally forgot the US Galaxy S III's have Qualcomm inside for LTE.

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RE: Narrowing the field
by Radio on Tue 8th Jan 2013 16:10 in reply to "Narrowing the field"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

The field is further narrowed by the fact that to do anything useful with the devices we're talking about, you need more code than just the one associated with SoC, to use:

-the touchscreen controller (not the most difficult one as it seems to be pretty standard, but still some work)

-the audio chip (again not too difficult, except when it comes to enabling FM radio)

-the camera chip (the worst: extremely custom hardware, very different even between two models from the same manufacturer)

-gyros and accelerometers (generally the last items taken care of, so you install the ROM and it works well, you enjoy it and then, you want to try an app which uses them... Pchhhhit.)

-NFC (secure elements ahoy - good thing it is not that useful yet! But it is not gonna stay this way forever)

...And for that you need the manufacturer to be... nice. Like "pretty please? With sugar on top". So you have not only to ask the SoC manufacturer to play nice and dump code, but also the manufacturer. Apple is completely closed, RIM too, Samsung is shitting us, LG is no better, HTC has fits, the chinese (Huawei, ZTE & al.) do not give a frak, Nokia is dead; only Sony-Ericson seemed to genuinely care. And now they are assimilated into Sony, which is rather worrying.

I will get an Xperia Z, because it uses the same SoC than the Nexus 4 and I hope there are still people from Sony-Ericson with the will to share code, but... The picture is bleak.

Edited 2013-01-08 16:15 UTC

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