Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 19:14 UTC
Google Jean-Baptiste Queru, or JBQ for short, maintainer of the Android Open Source Project at Google, has announced that he's quitting his job.

Well, I see that people have figured out why I'm quitting AOSP.

There's no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can't boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I'm getting the blame for something that I don't have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.

By the way, in this context, 'to escalate' means handing something over to your superiors so they can handle it. I believe this definition of the word is uncommon outside of the US.

The issue here is exactly what it sounds like: there are currently no factory images/binaries available for the latest Nexus device, the new Nexus 7. The problem is that the GPU in the new Nexus 7 is made by Qualcomm, a company which is incredibly hostile towards the open source community. This isn't the first time Qualcomm has sabotaged an AOSP launch - all Nexus devices with Qualcomm chips, the Nexus 1, 4, and the new 7, faced these problems.

Because he is apparently very good at pattern recognition, JBQ states that he already anticipated this issue six months ago, but that it hasn't been solved. A recent tweet from him is quite telling:

That feeling when lawyers sabotage the launch you spent 6 months working on? I haz it. Sad sad sad sad sad sad.

This is bad news for Google, and bad news for Android. JBQ has done an amazing job on AOSP, and I'm very sad to see him leaving his post. As of this moment, it's not yet known whether he will leave Google entirely or not.

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reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

So, basically, the reason everyone is using Snapdragon is because it is cheaper to license (comes with all that functionality) instead of having to add a separate radio chip like Apple does?

Isn't that illegal?

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tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Cheaper to license, maybe but separate chips takes up more room and battery. Look at the early LTE phones, battery life went up when everyone went to Qualcom.

Must be bad if Google went to them, TI got out, and Samsung and Nvidia seem to have their drive problems as well. Maybe that's why the Nexus 4 had it's LTE disabled? Makes you wonder if Google will still go with them for the next Nexus phone.

Either way this is bad for AOSP. It's disappointing that Having such a popular open source operating system(skip the "definition of open" replies please) hasn't improved the driver situation much.

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robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

Why did TI get out of the game??

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