On Wednesday, MediaTek announced a program to develop solutions for device manufacturers, such as smartphones and tablets, which have Android as the operating system. They would be approved of Android software, including GoogleTM Mobile Services (GMS) and the Google Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) certification.
Through the partnership, Media Tek – the first System-on-Chip (SoC) company certified by GMS Express to offer the service – will help manufacturers quickly and economically sell their devices through a tested and pre-certified fully compatible with both Android and GMS.
“MediaTek is focused on making great technology available to everyone. This program supports the entire Android community and ensures that from the program’s Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their devices within the program, only pre-tested and certified Android builds appear in the marketplace to give consumers confidence they have a secure, first-class Android experience,” said TL Lee, general manager, Wireless Business of MediaTek.
The program will help chipmaker customers reduce the current time in the certification process from three months to four weeks. They still have frequently updated security patches to reduce the risk of device intrusions.
“We are excited to have MediaTek’s leadership as part of the GMS Express program, enabling the OEM ecosystem to develop high-quality devices faster, with lower costs and easier,” said Jim Kolotouros, vice president of Google’s global Android partnerships.
But the search giant may not be the chipmaker’s only partner. Apple has announced that it no longer intends to work with Qualcomm for its next handsets and has tightened ties with Intel and MediaTek itself.
In other news, Apple reportedly will remove Qualcomm from its list of partners in the next generation of iPhones and iPads in favor of other manufacturers, such as Intel and MediaTek, for example. On the other hand, there is still time for reversal if there is a friendly exit. At present, on the iPhone 8 , iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X , Apple implements a mix between Qualcomm and Intel on the internal parts, so the transition to use only the second of them would be less complex. The absence of Qualcomm’s participation in the iPhone 9 – or whatever the device’s name was in 2018 – would be a serious blow to the manufacturer’s finances, a far greater value than if Apple were sued in court.