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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 28, 2014

Unofficial Android 4.4 Lands on Three Mediatek Devices

For the last few years, devices with MTK systems-on-chip haven't received much in the way of official Android updates. Some OEMs were limited by MediaTek itself, which previously wasn't the best at updating proprietary drivers, binaries, and kernels with every Android release. Custom ROM developers also had trouble with providing third party kernels due to lack of proper source code. Recent actions taken by Mediatek have given hope that this SoC manufacturer has finally decided to take a different approach...

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Samantha · Dec 21, 2014

Set Up Your MediaTek Device with Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

As can be seen with the use of MediaTek chips in Android One devices such as the Micromax Canvas A1 and phones from Meizu and Lenovo such as the MX4 and Vibe X2 respectively, devices with MediaTek processors are aplenty in the Android market. Despite a stigma of not being developer friendly or adhering to GPLv2 requirements, recent strides have been made by MediaTek to change this reputation, evidenced by their sponsorship of XDA:DevCon ’14, and releasing the full kernel...

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jerdog · Sep 22, 2014

MediaTek Continues Steps Towards Being Developer-Friendly

Not too long ago MediaTek was very closed off towards the mobile developer community, especially sites like XDA. They saw no value in working with independent developers who live, breathe and sleep mobile. That has begun to change as of late, and MediaTek is even sponsoring xda:devcon '14 in Manchester, UK on Sept 26-28. They also recently partnered with Google on the Android One project and are continuing to submit kernel source code to the upstream projects with Google. One...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 17, 2014

MediaTek Releases Full Kernel Source for First Android One Devices

Those who might have thought that MediaTek would never release working kernel source might have to wipe their eyes right about now. It'd be best for such readers to sit down as all of you are in for a treat. As we talked about some time ago, MediaTek has been making great strides in supporting the development community. And now, MediaTek has honored that commitment with the release of the full source code for the first batch of Android One devices. Start your Linux machines...

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jerdog · Aug 1, 2014

MediaTek Continues to Adjust Stance Towards Developer Community by Sponsoring XDA:DevCon ’14

Over the years, much has been made about MediaTek not being open to the development community and not adhering to the GPLv2 requirements with regards to the Linux kernel. Recently, MediaTek has come around to understand that the development community has a wealth of resources to help an OEM grow and better their products, and their recent announcement that they were going to be opening up was a welcome bit of news. In their continued endeavor to embrace the community, we are...

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jerdog · Jun 10, 2014

MediaTek Taking Steps to Be More Open

Whenever a device is released by an OEM (like Huawei, ZTE, Micromax, etc.) that makes use of a MediaTek SoC, one of the first things we invariably hear from users are complaints about the lack of kernel source code. If you've spent any appreciable time on XDA, you undoubtedly know that we take an OEM's responsibility to adhere to the GPLv2 very seriously. Go ahead, click the link and read about it; we'll wait. And while you're at it, maybe check out the nice FAQ...

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Adam Outler · Mar 23, 2014

Have You Paid Your Linux Kernel Source License Fee?

When asked for source code, MediaTek asks for money. They literally charge a Licensing Fee to device manufacturers for Linux Kernel source code. It's a sad state of affairs when a manufacturer closes off GPL-protected Source Code.  It's even sadder when they are providing compiled firmware with several severe security vulnerabilities.  It's sadder even still when they require a license fee.  This is going on right now with MediaTek (MTK), and it's their standard operating procedure. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Mar 12, 2014

Development Arrives on the MediaTek 6589T-Powered Wiko Stairway

Due to their bargain basement prices and high apparent value, it should come as no surprise that MediaTek devices are growing in popularity---especially in emerging markets such as India. But because of a frequent lack of GPL compliance and nonexistent developer openness, original development for these devices is slim to none. Luckily, there is still progress being made on these devices. And despite an uphill battle, development is happening thanks to source code leaks and the hard work of developers...

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