Good news appeared over the weekend for many HTC smartphone owners, especially the ones with slightly older devices running Qualcomm processors. While Qualcomm hasn’t been the friendliest group to modders and the Android Community, they have tried. With all the changes to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich modders have had a hard time building fully operational and smooth ROM’s with Android 4.0 ICS. Over the weekend Qualcomm made this entire process much easier for smartphones running their platform.
The huge changes to Android 4.0 ICS in the source code and things like hardware acceleration while great, has made porting it to older devices near impossible without the proper graphic drivers. Even the best developers were struggling to make smooth and fluid ROM’s without the hardware acceleration. Over on the Qualcomm developer forums the community asked for assistance and Qualcomm delivered. Offering up the drivers for all Qualcomm Adreno 2xx GPU’s. This includes the upcoming S4 and the Adreno 225, the TONS of devices all powered by the 1.2 and 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm S3 and its Adreno drivers and more.
If you were hoping to see an awesome build of Android 4.0 ICS ported to your device, especially from an impressive team like CyanogenMod, this was one of the steps we were all waiting for. This means basically all HTC and Sony Ericsson devices just got a huge boost of help from Qualcomm. Now let those awesome developers do what they do best and soon you’ll all be enjoying even better performance on custom ROM’s.