Samsung’s Exynos 4 chips are some of the hottest SoCs around, with nearly every Android worth talking about in recent memory running either an Exynos or one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 components. While the chips may shine when running official Samsung-released firmware, the situation hasn’t been so rosy for independent developers. Samsung has yet to release full documentation on the chips, and without that and some relevant code samples to base their efforts on, it’s been difficult for developers to continue work on custom ROMs for certain Exynos-running Androids. Luckily, that may soon be changing, as Samsung has responded to a social media campaign targeted to encourage the release of such documentation.
After being flooded by messages from members of the Android community asking for these docs, Samsung replied on its Twitter account for all things Exynos:
“We hear your concerns about documentation & source code for Exynos-based devices. We’re discussing it with our team and will update you soon… We’re taking your feedback about full document. very seriously and are working to resolve the situation. We really do value your opinions!“
That’s still not quite a full commitment to release the requested documentation, but it has us hopeful, all the same. At least when it’s not bending to the will of carriers, Samsung has largely been supportive of the development community, and while this request may still have to be OKed by some execs, we’re optimistic that eventually the devs will get what they need.