The Nvidia corporation will drop Android support for its devices running on the Harmony platform, according to a post on its official developer forums by Andrew Edelsten, Tegra Developer Relations. This means that devices using the Harmony platform at their core -- the Viewsonic gTablet and ViewPad7, Advent Vega, Toshiba Folio 100, and Notion Ink Adam -- will not have drivers built for video acceleration for any current or future releases of Android.
This is not good news. None of these Tegra 2-based devices is even a year old, and they are essentially dead in the water. Even if someone were to build a higher version of Android for them, with no hardware support it's going to be a horrible experience. Don't believe me? Try an SDK port of Honeycomb on, well, on anything.
I got myself a third cup of coffee, and sat down all ready to bash Nvidia for abandoning support for very capable devices, then I realized something -- I can't. These popular devices are just the first official victims of Google's new method of forcing companies to obtain its blessing to use a free and open-source operating system. It's not Nvidia's fault. You can't be expected to spend money and resources to update drivers for tablets that will never have official support from Google. Andrew says that they have already updated their Ventana based devices to Android 2.3, and are waiting for Google to release Honeycomb to them. I'm afraid we're going to see the exact same thing with the original Galaxy Tab, and it won't be Samsung's fault this time. The phrase "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" comes to mind. [Nvidia Developer Zone] Thanks, Adam!
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