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

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:

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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14 Comments

1. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

just go back to work already you whiner

5. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Read the f'en article you jerk

2. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

10. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

yes, the answer is kepler!

3. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

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

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

6. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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

8. skynet11

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 25, 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 ;)

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Woops, thanks for the catch! All fixed

11. zennacko unregistered

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'

13. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

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

12. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

14. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1366; Member since: Oct 05, 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

15. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

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

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