Don’t buy Nexus 7 (2013) or Qualcomm devices if you plan to root

Google upgraded its Nexus 7 tablet with better hardware and also used it to introduce Android 4.3 to the world. I already have Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 which all got the 4.3 upgrade. But among all these devices Nexus 7 is the most loved one due to the perfect size – ebook reading (the ones I own and not locked into Amazon Kindle), playing games and watching movies is quit pleasant. Since I already have retina-beating Nexus 10 there was not much incentive for me to go for Nexus 7, but there was a remote possibility of getting it for my wife.

Now I won’t!

If you have been reading Muktware (you can follow us on Twitter and Google +), you know by now that Android Open Source Project head has quit due to (as hints point at) Qualcomm.

The chip maker seemingly is no very pro-open source and blocked AOSP team from publishing the factory images for the device.

What it means is that if you are an enthusiast who wants to root or ‘hack’ your tablet Nexus 7 (2013) is not the device you should buy as you will end up with a 7 inch brick due to lack of factory images.

The free software community is debating this topic and an anger is building up against Qualcomm for their lack of support for the open source. Google is also receiving some flack for letting Qualcomm do that.

So, if you support open source don’t buy any device which comes with Qualcomm chips!

About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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