Developers all over the world are constantly improving the Android experience for millions of users. Whether this is for custom/third-party software, or beta testing new features for a release of a new Android version, it is important to keep the operating system as open-source as possible. Throughout the history of Android, from the HTC Dream, all the way to the LG G2, the attribute of open source has created a safe-haven for Linux developers, app developers, programmers, and more. A device that can truly be changed the way an experienced user wants. However, the only way this will work is if the manufacturers can team up with Google to provide a transparency of source code and binaries alike.
Qualcomm makes excellent mobile processors and GPUs, and the finished device they are included in are usually excellent as well. However, there is one issue with the device shipped out to users. For example, in the past, the Nexus One and the Nexus 4 had their factory images withheld from the Android Open Source Project, and development was diminished compared to other devices. More recently, the new Nexus 7; the factory images are being withheld from the Android Open Source Project, because of legal issues, regarding the proprietary binaries of the Adreno GPU. And as of today, August 7th, 2013, the lead maintainer of the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Quéru, just quit his job today because of this iron curtain being dropped over this device. In his words, "That feeling when lawyers sabotage the launch you spent 6 months working on? I haz it. Sad sad sad sad sad sad."
Such great devices are being withheld from developers, to expand and improve on, because of an overprotective company slowly stepping away from innovation. Qualcomm, Android developers, enthusiasts, users, and programmers are looking towards you to make a change in how you operate.
- Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm, Inc
Paul E. Jacobs
Please allow Google to release the factory images of Android devices using Qualcomm CPU's and GPU's to the Android Open Source Project. It is a large inconvenience to developers and programmers worldwide trying to improve the experience of Android, while the factory images are locked down, due to legal issues with a few proprietary GPU binaries.
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