Hacking hacking hacking... gingerboy92 got a proof-of-concept camera working, so we've incorporated that into our test builds and it kinda works. GPS is working again. locerra figured out why the graphics were a bit sluggish (kernel had hardcoded settings for a number of pixels which matched a phone, and we have WAY more pixels to push than a phone). Wifi's still iffy. RIL's still broken.
Still lots of work to do, but it's getting there. Maybe we'll get another developer preview soon...
tl;dr: We rebased all work on a newer ICS kernel, so lots of work had to be done to get everything working again. Two steps forward, ten steps back, ~8.5 steps forward again... almost back to where we started, but now on a way better base.
locerra and I have been hard at work porting the smdk4210 kernel to work on our tablets. It's a 3.0.x-based kernel, which is what most devices with an official ICS ROM are using (whereas the Honeycomb kernel is 2.6.36). Getting the kernel to boot was one thing (thanks locerra!), but almost every userspace daemon/lib needed tweaks to work as well. This kernel is much nicer, and it brings us more inline with other Exynos4-based devices (Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, etc), so we are now able to share much more code with them, and benefit from the work that their developers are doing. We have to thank teamhacksung for the majority of this work.
Without further ado, lets move on to the good stuff...
RIL (SMS, calling, 3G)... now using Galaxy S II's RIL blobs
GPS (had to update serial port settings due to the new kernel)
Rotation animation doesn't glitch anymore
hardware-accelerated video/audio (not all codecs! Try MX Player from the market, it can do HW/SW decoding)
probably a whole bunch more I forgot
wifi (try sitting on top of your router!)
camera (don't get too fancy )
USB mounting of external SD card (but I left it out of this build because it was being iffy during my last build)
Flash with ClockworkMod Recovery. Wipe is absolutely necessary. If it doesn't boot the first time, just hold power button for 10 seconds and boot it again. Don't flash gapps until you've set up your data connection, or else they'll be really annoying and buggy.
Speaker on Call, my wife could not hear me on the other end.
May just be me as Im terrribly loudspoken to begin with.
Call end works! and might snappy at that. Texting seems to work so far.
I'll just have to learn to use this device without speaker for now.
I think Im keeping this until next build!
screenshot thumbnails in gallery are atrocious, not sure if thats just an ics thing or what.
seems we dont have more than two points multi touch? gesture control got me stuck at boot logo.
wow, feels pretty smooth.
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