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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RE: Google's problem
by Soulbender on Thu 8th Aug 2013 05:22 UTC in reply to "Google's problem"
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Indeed, I must agree (for once?). If a company always causes problems and is being difficult to the point of causing problems for your products then you DON'T do any business with them again, UNLESS you have a very well designed contract that details everyone's responsibilities and commitments. Why Google didn't learn this the first couple of times around is anyone's guess.
Qualcomm may very well be assholes but if you knowingly do business with assholes it's no-ones fault but your own when you get screwed.

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RE[2]: Google's problem
by lucas_maximus on Thu 8th Aug 2013 07:26 in reply to "RE: Google's problem"
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In a lot of orgs tend to never learn their lesson and normally the choice as we both know is rarely made by those that write the software as to whether to go with a particular company/tech.

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RE[3]: Google's problem
by jared_wilkes on Thu 8th Aug 2013 11:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Google's problem"
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Yes, and we also know a lot of people who write the software (or blog posts) will take it personally and blame the wrong party for completely selfish reasons as JBQ and Thom are attempting to do in this case, even though that's completely absurd.

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RE[3]: Google's problem
by Soulbender on Thu 8th Aug 2013 16:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Google's problem"
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True but that still means it's Google's mistake and its not primarily Qualcomm's fault things didn't work out.

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