As you might know there are millions of ARMv6-based devices in the world, and many developers are trying to prolong their life porting latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich to them.
Last time we asked you to release Adreno 2xx driver updates for ARMv6-based chipsets MSM7225 and MSM7227. And Qualcomm has released the update which is really greatly appriciated. (http://www.groubal.com/ics-drivers-compiled-for-armv6-from-qualcomm-update-drivers-released/)
But now we stuck at another point and we couldn’t proceed any farther without the help of this great company.
I’m talking about OpenMAX Integration Layer update (core & codecs) for our devices. It is used for hardware-accelerated video recording and playback, image capturing, camera controls etc. Now we are able to use only software “acceleration” for that, which makes device almost useless for many things. It was present in Gingerbread, but it has lower API version, so we can’t just use it in Ice Cream Sandwich.
Without help of Qualcomm it’s nearly impossible to overcome, because our devices uses QDSP5 digital signal processor, which has no publicly available specs to port OpenMAX by hand.
Qualcomm has also released updated version of the chipset named MSM7227a which has pretty same hardware (QDSP5 too), but ARMv7 core. Devices with MSM7227a are able to run ICS out of box!
These devices are affected by the problem (according to Wikipedia):
LG Optimus Me, Samsung Galaxy Fit, Samsung Galaxy Mini, Samsung Galaxy 551, LG Optimus Chic, ZTE Blade, HTC Legend, Mytouch 3G Slide, HTC Gratia, LG Optimus One P500 GSM, ViewSonic ViewPad 7, Samsung Galaxy Europa, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 (SE Shakira), HTC Aria, Palm Pixi GSM, OlivePad VT-100, HTC Wildfire S, Alcatel OT-990, Micromax A70, LG Optimus chat L-04C, Huawei Pocket WiFi S II S41HW, Huawei Ideos X3, Huawei Sonic U8650, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro, Garmin & Asus M10, WellCom A88, Coolpad W706, Garmin & Asus A10, Samsung Galaxy Gio, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Odys Space, LG Optimus Net, LG Optimus Hub, ZTE Skate, HTC ChaCha, HTC Salsa, Huawei smart bar S42HW, Coolpad 7260, ZTE Blade S
Most of them already have a working port of ICS, CM9, AOSP, AOKP etc. Almost everything is working except multimedia hardware acceleration!
So, please Qualcomm, hear our voice again!
Please sign the petition if you have a device that meets one or more of the following:
1. uses ARMv6
2. has an unofficial ICS port (CM9, AOKP, MIUIv4, etc.)
3. does not have an ICS port due to the lack of these drivers
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There is another petition about this problem, as of time of writing it had 10000+ signs under it, but author forgot to mention any technical information:
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