egzthunder1 · Oct 18, 2012 at 05:00 pm

Victory – HTC Releases Closed Source WiFi Drivers for HTC Amaze 4G!

Manufacturers and developers have a long standing love/hate relationship that has kept the fragile ecosystem where we spend most of our free time intact. The dance beat is somewhat the same across all brands and, for the most part, all devices as well. Most manufacturers out there are held against certain standards (either due to their own internal procedures and codes or due to contractual obligations with carriers) that force them to do certain things on the devices they make that keep most of us away from exploiting them and unlocking their full potential. This comes in the form of locking of bootloaders, pseudo-impossible to crack signature verifications, and secretive documentation that more often than not, has a tendency to foil the efforts of people with the required skills to fix the inevitable issues that arise on every device.

The HTC Amaze 4G was a device that came out about a year and change ago that fell under some of these categories. One of the most crucial ones was the fact that the device’s WiFi drivers were out of reach of our developers. While the wlan TI drivers are part of the kernel (which is GPL licensed), there are certain parts of it that are normally not licensed under this particular model, and this driver was the case. The missing code gave most developers on the device headaches simply because without this code, WiFi on custom ROMs (and even stock ones) was lousy (if functional at all). Because of this and all the issues generated from it, a petition was started about 7 months ago by XDA member aj_2423. The petition essentially asked HTC to release the sources for the drivers so that devs could work on them, fixing the remaining bugs (after thousands of hours of reverse engineering). However, the petition, which reached over 500 signatures, seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

Just today, HTC Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon told us that after lots of deliberation and going back and forth with TI, both companies had agreed that the required sources could be released to the public. HTC had gone rather silent as of late in the developer world, as many people were becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the lack of cooperation with the dev community, despite their continued promises. It seems to be that even though the company was falling out of grace with devs, they are beginning to try and renew their efforts by showing signs that they are still trying to get us on their side.

Well, HTC, you have made the right choice. Developers may only represent a small chunk of your overall user base, but you must understand that we (devs, hobbyists, and enthusiasts) tend to have very large spheres of influence. And in this very technological world of ours, it is a very important thing to have influential, indirect sales people, boasting the glory and overall awesomeness of your products. So, while our numbers may be small on a first impression, we are legion! It is this writer’s sincere hope that during your internal discussions to release these docs, the idea and concept of better, faster support for the developer scene was a factor being discussed, because this could easily sway a LOT of people over the manufacturer fence once again.

Once again, this is a great day for renewd relationships, particularly between developers and HTC. Keep up the good work, guys. We’ve missed you!

You can find the original petition in this thread and the sources by going over to HTCDev.

Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.

[Thanks Jeff for the tip and the great news!]

Note from the author: The article has been corrected to reflect the original author of the petition.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
Emil Kako · May 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm · 3 comments

Which Features from Apple Watch Do You Think Android Wear Will Copy?

The Apple Watch and Android Wear are both growing platforms. Now that we've gotten the chance to see both of them in-depth, we can get a good idea of which directions the two are headed. We recently did a discussion and asked you what you thought the Apple Watch would copy from Android Wear. Today, we ask you the opposite. Which features do you think Android Wear will copy from the Apple Watch and why?

DISCUSS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · May 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm · 4 comments

XDA Picks: Best Apps of the Week (May 15 – 22)

Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and here are our top picks for this week.  ...

XDA NEWS
Emil Kako · May 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm · 5 comments

Other than XDA (of Course), What’s Your Favorite Site That Covers Android?

There is a number of other great sites that cover Android, so we're wondering which other sites our community likes to frequent. Tell us your favorite Android website and what about the site that makes it your favorite.

DISCUSS
Share This