Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far. Warning: spoilers...
Samsung Aware of Exynos Documentation Issue
Those who have followed the Samsung development community recently have no doubt noticed the current difficulties caused by a lack of proper documentation for the Exynos SoC. While Samsung has traditionally acted favorably towards the community, the lack of documentation is hampering aftermarket development efforts.
Because lack of proper documentation makes it much more difficult (or impossible) for the developers to work with the devices, several high profile devs have expressed their distaste with the situation. In fact, XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx of Team Hacksung and the CyanogenMod team has shared his difficulties, and stated his plans to drop support for Exynos devices such as the Galaxy S III and develop for Sony devices.
All is not well, however. While Samsung stated in a later Tweet that they are “working to resolve the situation,” they have not yet provided any additional documentation, nor have they detailed what exactly they plan on sharing.
At this point, you may be wondering what you can do to help the cause. Since the petition thread by XDA Senior Member AntonLiv92 has at least alerted Samsung that there is in fact a problem, we suggest continuing to let them know that this issue is important to you. However, the waiting game now begins, as we prepare for Samsung’s response.Chainfire for the tip!]
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