MediaTek to provide approved Android builds and Google Mobile Services to smartphone makers
by Cosmin Vasile / Nov 04, 2017, 5:11 AM
It looks like MediaTek is under the radar from multiple giants of the smartphone industry. After Apple showed interest in its modem chips, Google allowed the Taiwanese company to offer pre-tested, pre-certified, and fully compliant builds of Android and Google Mobile Services (GMS) to smartphone makers.
MediaTek announced that it's the first SoC (system-on-chip) manufacturer that becomes a partner for GMS Express, a special program that's meant to offer device makers approved Android software solutions such Google Mobile Services and Google Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) certification).
According to MediaTek, the initiative will help smartphone makers “get to market more cost effectively and faster and ensure high-quality, consistent consumer experiences with Android apps and devices.”
Another benefit that OEMs and ODMs (original design manufacturers) will be able to take advantage of after MediaTek's announcement is a reduced compatibility certification process, which will go down from three months to just four weeks. On top of that, MediaTek says customers should also expect frequent security patches.
Currently, MediaTek chipsets power more than 1.5 billion devices a year across a broad range of products like smartphones, TVs, speakers, routers and more. It goes without saying the move is a very important one for MediaTek, as the chipset maker was at the center of quite a few controversial subjects in the last year or so.
More competetion is always good for consumers. Mediatek is known for providing powerful processor at reasonable price
posted on Nov 04, 2017, 6:13 AM 0
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Powerful? Don't know about that, but crappy GPU definitely , plus never seen a smartphone with mediatek processor working properly, there will always be bad lag, frame drops & too much overheating. Also minimum or no Android updates in most cases.
posted on Nov 04, 2017, 6:38 AM 8
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Powerful processors? There's just "ONE" Meidatek SoC that houses the powerful ARM Cortex-A73s and that's Helio X30 which you may find in... Absolutely nothing! ALL their chips rely on A53s and they don't have any SoC in their line-up that's built on an architecture smaller than 16nm. Quite a bit behind Qualcomm. But I'm interested to see their ARM v8.2 aka "DynamIQ" line-up which we might see at the end of next year (hopefully)!] Oh well, G'Day!
posted on Nov 04, 2017, 7:30 AM 1
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But that is kinda the whole point behind it. Mediatek makes it easier for OEMs that decide to use Mediatek SoC's to incorporate Android into their devices by doing part of the work themselves instead of the OEMs. It would also mean updates for low budget Android phones will be more likely to occur since OEMs don't have to do all the work. For Mediatek to take this step is a good step forward to increasing their marketshare, because it makes their SoC's more attractive to use for OEMs.
posted on Nov 04, 2017, 11:33 AM 0
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Not too bad in the Amazon fire 10...but that may be the OS more so than the chip.... Would love to see some more powerful chips in an American phones, or either see Google and Mediately work on Android specific chips to do battle with Qualcomm
posted on Nov 04, 2017, 7:23 AM 0
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