MediaTek to provide approved Android builds and Google Mobile Services to smartphone makers


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.

source: MediaTek

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10 Comments

1. Peacetoall unregistered

More competetion is always good for consumers. Mediatek is known for providing powerful processor at reasonable price

2. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

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.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

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!

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Also with the custom devs, MTK is known to release broken sources of kernels and frequently never releases open source materials for them to work to.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

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.

3. Sparkxster

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Mediatek needs to step it up! They have the potential to be a great alternative to Qualcomm.

4. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

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

9. Furbal unregistered

The chip is plenty powerful for it. More ram would be nice though. Same chip as the more recent arm chromebooks. Be interesting to see mediateks on a smaller node, the p20/25 do well enough

6. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

We are going to see more CheapDroid phones.

10. eyeball

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Um, the link at the end of the article does not concern Mediatech, but the trouble OEM Blue, had with the addups adware crap. Guess I'll have to do a search of my own.

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