It looks like there has been some recent change in the world of Android. Well, not so much in terms of the operating system and day-to-day use, but for Jean-Baptiste Quéru who has recently taken to Google+ with a posting about how he is quitting AOSP. Aside from this most recent comment, JBQ has recently made a few interesting comments on Twitter and it seems this all stems from an issue with the Nexus 7 factory images.
Specifically, the factory images for the new Nexus 7 — the one with Qualcomm on the inside. With that in mind, we should make it clear that JBQ has yet to call out Qualcomm specifically. Back towards the end of July, shortly after the Nexus 7 was announced we began seeing mentions of the issue.
Twitter had postings from JBQ about how lawyers sabotaged the launch he had been working on for 6 months and went on to talk about how he doesn’t want to go to work tomorrow. That last part actually came in a message posted to Twitter on August 4th.
“I don’t want to go to work tomorrow. I don’t want to be doing that job any more.”
Well, flash forward till today and it looks like JBQ will not be going to work tomorrow. There are some items that still need clarification, but at this point he has said he is “quitting AOSP.” Basically, we are curious as to what he has quit, the AOSP or Google as a whole. Anyway, with that in mind, here is what he had to say;
There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.
But in the end, this just leaves us wondering when, or if the factory images and the binaries for the new Nexus 7 will be posted.