Any information on an Android upgrade?
My primary interest is getting BlueTooth Smart (BTLE/BLE/4.0) working.
I just found that 4.3 has some limitations (max 4 notifications, supposedly 7 in 4.4), so 4.4 may be what is needed. (I am playing with a TI SensorTag that has 7 sensors and I want to use them all.)
Omate said during KS that 4.3 dev was to be started "soon after KS, when 4.2 was ready". I do not consider Mediatek/Umeox/Omate being ready with 4.2 though, there are a lot of missing pieces.
Kurt Huwig indicated a couple of weeks ago on G+ that a 4.3 upgrade was to be available "soon". (Needed for increased BT stability?)
Laurent Le Pen said on G+ that 4.4 was to be ready in March, but I believe he meant that MediaTek was to be ready then. Omate answered on Facebook that Android 4.4 was to be released in August(required to support iOS companion they said).
Loki mentioned that there are work ongoing with CM and OmniRom, but without kernel sources, the work is hard and not rewarding. I would say this is the "easy"* solution otherwise, there are a number of other MT6572 phones that could share the work. LePen has endorsed CM several times, which may not be a contributor, but it is at least not working against the cause.
There has supposedly been some discussions between LePen an Mediatek (involving Daniel Ortiz) in the beginning of March.
* It is not easy to port to CM in a complete way even if you "boot in a day", but CM devs and kangers seem to succeed better on their spare time than many phone manufacturers. I have 4.4 on my 3.5 year old ZTE Blade, with ARMv6 and 512MB. That setup has not been supported by even Google and even less by Qualcom, since 4.0, yet it is working OK.