April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Broadcom to Aid Developers Working on the Galaxy Y
While not too famous in North America and Europe, the Samsung Galaxy Y (Young) GT-S5360 is immensely popular in emerging smartphone markets like India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and several other Asian and African countries. As with every popular Android device, it attracts a lot of developer interest here at XDA, with several custom ROMs, kernels and mods available. However, due to lack of access to proprietary drivers for its Broadcom BCM21553 CPU and BCM2763 VideoCore IV GPU, full kernel level support for custom ROMs like CM 7.2 isn’t yet possible on the device.
Lately, several XDA Forum Members lead by arbylaw have been contacting Broadcom to release proprietary GPU drivers for the device to make a fully functional CM 7.2 port possible. It started with communication with Broadcom support agents, who initially denied the device having the said GPU and further added that “it is unlikely this is something we will release.”. This lead to forum members filing a petition, spreading the word via the #prayforBroadcom hashtag on twitter, and getting more of the community members to contact Broadcom directly regarding the issue.
Finally, there was a response from Broadcom in what could hopefully become a happy ending to this whole scenario. Arbylaw was contacted by Nick Lambourne from Broadcom’s Android porting department, who offered to start an open dialogue with the community on a public forum to find out their needs and work with the engineering team at Broadcom to see how to resolve this request. While the binaries have not yet been released, this is certainly a step in the right direction.
We have seen several such petitions before for many devices and in many cases, the responses were positive. Let’s hope the same can be said about this one soon. You can head over to the discussion thread to keep up with the updates and read the full story, including all the email correspondence that took place between arbylaw and Broadcom representatives.
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