- A YouTuber has jumped by means of a significant hoop to be able to get supply code from an Android OEM.
- Umidigi requires clients to go to their Shenzhen workplace throughout enterprise hours.
- The agency additionally says staff at this workplace solely converse Chinese language languages.
The well timed launch of supply code from Android producers is among the largest annoyances within the fanatic and custom ROM neighborhood. We’ve seen loads of OEMs drag their ft on this regard, though they’re obliged to launch this code as a part of GPLv2.
It seems that second-string Chinese language producer Umidigi requires customers to fulfill a number of ridiculous necessities to be able to acquire entry to the related supply code for his or her gadgets. Twitter person Patrycjia requested the discharge of supply code for a cellphone however was instructed by a customer support consultant that the request needed to be made in individual at their Shenzhen workplace throughout enterprise hours. Moreover, Umidigi’s response notes that solely Chinese language languages are spoken at this workplace.
It’s clear the corporate is making an attempt to make it as inconvenient as potential for customers to truly acquire entry to the related supply code (which it’s obligated to launch within the first place). This manner, it could actually seemingly shrug its shoulders and say that it meets the GPLv2 necessities for releasing the code. By comparability, a number of main Android OEMs merely launch the code on-line. However YouTuber Naomi Wu took Umidigi up on the provide.
It’s all enjoyable and video games till Naomi Wu reveals up at your workplace to get GPLv2 compliance😎
Wu visited Umidigi’s Shenzhen workplace, requesting the related kernel supply code. The YouTuber even requested for the customer support consultant by identify, solely to be instructed that they not labored on the firm.
So did Wu truly get the kernel supply code from Umidigi ultimately? She noted on Reddit that she has acquired some recordsdata however remains to be making an attempt to get the remainder of them. Both means, it highlights the lengths that some doubtful Android manufacturers will go to to be able to shirk their obligation. In spite of everything, there’s no motive why the supply code couldn’t be printed on-line.