Samsung promises to open up its Exynos chipset some more

October 22, 2012
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Many developers are shying away from working their magic on Exynos-based devices due to Samsung’s reluctance to share proper documentation and source code for its chipset. Following its promise to come up with a solution, it seems Samsung is ready to open its Exynos playground – albeit partially.

During the Big Android BBQ event yesterday, where Samsung’s Exynos division was around to hold a Q&A session, the company faced quite a grilling from the developer community. As reported by XDA-developers, here’s the outcome of the discussion.

  • Samsung has set up an Exynos Developer Board (origenboard) to support the devs community
  • The division is working with Insignal, Inc. to provide proprietary binaries that allows full system development on Exynos devices
  • Open source for the Kernel and Platform (HAL, OMX, Framework patches)
  • The source code will be made available under GPLv2 and Apache 2.0
  • Mali GPU dev support will be provided

XDA-developers

The spree of possible good news doesn’t end there, because Samsung apparently will also provide Git server access starting next month, as well as launch a dedicated website for the origenboard.

While it’s not exactly the breakthrough that some developers were hoping for, it’s a good starting point. The community is now waiting for Samsung to turn its words into actions. Do you believe that Samsung will bring the goods?

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