For a long time, the Android version of MediaTek chips has been slow to iteration and very easy to give up to old users. Now, it looks like the situation is going to improve.
According to media reports, MediaTek announced yesterday, officially entered the Google GMS Express project, became the first party member of the SoC.
GMS Express is used to distribute software packages to Android device manufacturers, including GMS suite, Google compatibility test suite (CTS), etc.. MediaTek said the move will help MTK chip manufacturers to reduce costs, while speeding up the pace of equipment research and development.
Previously, MediaTek has distributed Board Support Package (BSP), including hardware drivers and AOSP ROM. After OEM got the equipment test and submitted to Google authorized laboratory certification, the time is 3 months.
In the future, MediaTek will directly distribute Google certified Android software and GMS suite to the terminal brand, and the time will be reduced to 4 weeks. At the same time, GMS Express also allows device manufacturers to receive Google's security updates directly.
MediaTek says its chips support 1 billion 500 million devices per year, which will create great convenience for its own ecology.
It is worth mentioning that, the first batch of certification ROM based on Android 8 bottom package, MediaTek said it has begun to test with key partners.