Droid drama

Android open source maintainer quits over “sabotage”

Elliot Bentley

Jean-Baptiste Quéru leaves position at Google after conflict over release of factory images for Nexus 7.

Android’s reputation for
being open took another blow yesterday as Jean-Baptiste Quéru,
Technical Lead of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), quit,
citing “sabotage” of his work.

The source of his frustrations? Google hasn’t yet released
for its flagship tablet, the Nexus 7, which was updated
two weeks ago. Quéru has publicly aired his exhaustion and
discontent towards his employer on Twitter over the past week:

It appears that speculation over interference from GPU
manufacturer Qualcomm is accurate, judging by a message Quéru
posted on Google+ last night announcing his resignation:

Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting

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.

It remains to be seen if the Nexus 7 factory image is still
released – despite delays, the Nexus 4’s factory image was
eventually put back online. Either way, the Android world has been
made poorer by the loss of – as Quéru is often affectionately
referred to – JBQ.

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