UPDATE: Our voice has been heard. Qualcomm has released the drivers for ARMv6 here:
I believe my message to Qualcomm (which they never replied to) sums up this entire issue:
“I would like to thank you guys for releasing the drivers for Ice Cream Sandwich. It really means a lot as it shows your support for the developer community. However, many of us were quick to find out that these drivers have been compiled for ARMv7. Although ARMv6 may be a thing of the past (or at least becoming quickly outdated), there is still quite a number of us that still have phones that use ARMv6, myself included.
There are many developers that are trying to port Ice Cream Sandwich to a good number of devices. For the devices that use ARMv7, true hardware acceleration is now possible thanks to your drivers. But for the devices that use ARMv6, true hardware acceleration is not possible without your help. Most, if not all, ARMv6 devices that I am aware of use hacks to bring hardware acceleration. Although I am not a developer, I am sure these “hacks” are nothing compared to what your drivers (for ARMv6) may bring.
As big as the developer community is, there are a lot of things that we cannot do without your help. Only Qualcomm can release Adreno 2xx drivers compiled for ARMv6. Other than that, there is not much we can do. Yes, there are still hacks, but between these hacks and your drivers, I’m sure the developer community would choose your drivers. While you may wonder why you should still support an old processor, our Adreno GPUs have a lot of potential, and releasing the drivers for ARMv6 will only prove just that. Please consider this request on behalf of many ARMv6 users.”
And check this out:
“Qualcomm has shipped over 100 million MSM7225 and MSM7227 chipsets, and smartphones based on these chipsets are operating on multiple carrier networks worldwide.”
Having sold that many phones with those chipsets, Qualcomm should be actively supporting these phones, not leaving them in the dust in favor of newer phones. In other words, releasing new phones should not mean forgetting about the older phones altogether. While it is inevitable that something cannot be supported forever, these ARMv6 phones are still quite popular.
Above all, I believe that the consumers fuel the success of any company, including Qualcomm. Because of this, customer satisfaction is one thing that should always be kept in mind. Releasing the ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) drivers for ARMv6 devices will definitely satisfy a lot of consumers/customers. I believe that this is a win-win situation: by releasing the drivers, Qualcomm will raise its reputation as a community-oriented company while at the same time, the developer community can put these drivers into good use.
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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