Since officially releasing the Nexus 7 (2013), Google’s latest device has been receiving positive reviews in general. However, some issues have come up, like some GPS problems that Google is aware of and is working on a solution. Another problem that surfaced that has the potential to impact Android fans beyond those who own the new Nexus 7 have been issues revolving around the release of Qualcomm binaries for the device. The issue was so contentious, that Jean Baptiste-Queru went so far as to submit his resignation and walk away from the AOSP project due to the difficulties in getting factory images released. Apparently the bad press related to that was more than Google could fathom as they have now released the factory image and binaries, including the Qualcomm files in question.
According to the listing on the Google Developers web site, the Qualcomm file includes the necessary files to support graphics, the camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, the sensors, media playback, DRM, DSP, and USB. Between the binary files and the factory image, a user should be able to restore their device back to a stock condition running the JSS15J version of Android 4.3. More importantly, developers can now move ahead with development of custom ROMs for the tablet.
The question that seems to remain now is whether Jean Baptiste-Queru will also reverse course and withdraw his resignation as the Android open source manager for Google.