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MediaTek Continues Steps Towards Being Developer-Friendly

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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 of their recent initiatives has been to embrace the Maker community and plunge headlong into Internet of Things through their MediaTek Labs which is officially launching today. This new program is geared towards developers from . . . READ ON »

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MediaTek Releases Full Kernel Source for First Android One Devices

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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 and make sure that there is a lot of coffee on tap, as some serious development will take place for these budget-friendly devices.

Despite MediaTek’s best efforts, the OEMs behind many devices featuring MediaTek ch. . . READ ON »

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

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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 pleased to announce that MediaTek is sponsoring xda:devcon ’14 as a Senior Recognized Sponsor. Xda:devcon ’14 is being held in Manchester, UK on September 26-28. MediaTek will have information around their cutting. . . READ ON »

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MediaTek Taking Steps to Be More Open

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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 that GNU put together.

You back? Good. Now, we understand this can be a bit difficult to understand, so our Developer Admin pulser_g2 put together a concise explanation of XDA  and the GPLv2. All of that gives you a good ba. . . READ ON »

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Have You Paid Your Linux Kernel Source License Fee?

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256px-License_icon-gpl-4.svgWhen 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.. . . READ ON »

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Development Arrives on the MediaTek 6589T-Powered Wiko Stairway

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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 like XDA Senior Recognized Developer Xplodwild and Senior Member Dr-Shadow in filling the gaps. And now after an unnecessarily long journey spearheaded by Forum Member bucefal82, quite a lot . . . READ ON »

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