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Qualcomm to blame for missing Nexus factory images, and Jean-Baptiste Quéru "quitting AOSP"

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Qualcomm to blame for missing Nexus factory images, and Jean-Baptiste Quéru
It has been a pretty rough time for Jean-Baptiste Quéru recently. JBQ is (was?) the affable software engineer at Google who was maintained the images/binaries for the Android Open Source Project. We are unclear on his title right now, because he has said he is "quitting AOSP", and it looks like Qualcomm may be to blame.

JBQ has said that he is "quitting AOSP", but it doesn't look as though he has quit Google, and does seem to still work for the company. Over the past few days, JBQ has been hinting that he was fed up, saying on Twitter that he didn't "want to be doing that job any more", and also noting "That feeling when lawyers sabotage the launch you spent 6 months working on? I haz it. Sad sad sad sad sad sad." He then posted today on Google+ saying:
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.

It seems that JBQ is referring to lawyers from Qualcomm who may be blocking the new Nexus 7 factory image from being released, because the company wants to keep the GPU binaries private. This theory has been put together because JBQ reminded everyone that "Google never distributed factory images for Nexus One", which was powered by a Qualcomm chipset. There were also troubles surrounding the Nexus 4 factory images (Qualcomm again), and now the new Nexus 7 (ibid). Probably not coincidentally, those are the only three Nexus devices that had these problems, and the only three Nexus devices to run on Qualcomm chipsets. 

Sad to see JBQ leaving AOSP because of such a bad situation.

source: @jbqueru, +Jean-Baptiste Quéru via Android Police 1 & 2

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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:49

1. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


just go back to work already you whiner

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:40 21

5. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Read the f'en article you jerk

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:51 6

2. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


That's sad...hope qualcomm changes their take on gpu binaries!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:33 2

10. grahaman27 (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


yes, the answer is kepler!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:30

3. gazmatic (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


and the big fuss because......?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:39 4

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Google should no use Qualcomm chipset for their Nexus series if they are committed to FOSS.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:41 2

6. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


It was a sad day when ti said they are bailing on mobile chipsets. To and at the time Samsung chips were dev friendly

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:17

8. skynet11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Michael H. I suggest you double-check those source links - you credited them to Droid Life but are really from Android Police - just a heads-up ;)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:20 1

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Woops, thanks for the catch! All fixed

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:32 3

11. zennacko (Posts: 222; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Qualcomm = World-class Reliable processors, with Apple-class patent holds and claims.
Nvidia = hated by everyone, but at least you can has cake and AOSP running, just sayin'

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 06:49

13. omar98 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


Nvidia isnt that bad IMO .. The tegra 3 has good performance actually and the tegra 4 is still to come.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:59

12. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Damned lawyers. if I were him I think I might've let it be leaked. Or, at least left an opening whereby a properly motivated snooper could stumble upon it.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 10:03 1

14. PhoneCritic (Posts: 352; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


maybe Google should get involved and work out a deal with Qualcomm. If the two Titans
( CEOs ) can talk without the scourge of the earth ( Lawyers Lol) then reasoning and logic would prevail

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 16:37

15. shahulvm (Posts: 108; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


It is a fact that Qualcomm is one of the big companies that has more lawyers than engineers.

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