Google may develop the Android software that runs on millions of phones and tablets. But the company also releases the source code for most new builds of Android once it’s ready for public consumption — and at that point outside developers start ripping it apart to see what makes it tick, often building custom versions of Android based on that source code.

Since launching the Google Nexus program a few years ago, Google has also released factory images for most Nexus phones and tablets. Not only does that help folks develop custom firmware for those devices, but it also offers a way to restore a phone or tablet to its factory condition if something goes horribly wrong.

But a few weeks after Google introduced the new 2013 Nexus 7 tablet, there are still no factory images available — and it’s looking like there may never be. And that’s the reason the maintainer of the Android Open Source Project just quit his job as head of AOSP.

Jean-Baptiste Quéru is a software engineer who had until recently been in charge of the AOSP project. But in a Google+ Post, he says “there’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support.”
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