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Native WavPack support in Android, patches awaiting approval from Google
bryant
post Jan 14 2010, 06:23
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Peter McQuillan has again outdone himself by providing a set of patches for Android that provides native decoding of WavPack files. The support even includes handling correction files (which I believe is the first time on a portable device)! It uses the 4.60.1 version of the WavPack library without source code modification.

Of course, this has not been accepted by the Android folks yet. It would obviously be a great coup for WavPack to be in Android and anyone interested in helping this along should “star” the issue request on the Google Android site (you don’t have to add a comment unless you want to):

WavPack on Android issue request

Links to the patches are in the request if anyone wants to try them out now.

Thanks so much to Peter for all his hard work and Scott for posting the initial request! smile.gif

edit: haha, could some kind moderator please fix my spelling error in the thread title? rolleyes.gif

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Canar
post Feb 9 2010, 15:57
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I'm more than a little frustrated by Google's position that Android is a fork of Linux, rather than working on having their modifications accepted into the mainline kernel. But that's largely irrelevant here.

You have my star. WavPack for the win!

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post Feb 9 2010, 16:57
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Google does not have that position. Their code was dropped from mainline by a maintainer not working for Google. He criticized a lack of effort from Google's side to get it accepted, as you write. The other side of the story is, that there may also be a lack of willingness to accept very reasonable changes on the side of the kernel maintainers. Google employs the best programmers of the world, they are not known for trying to force half-baked, vendor-centric changes into OSS projects. They are also not known as forkers, but rank along the biggest contributors to OSS worldwide.

Lets see what happens. If the future shows that one side still can profit from the other, changes will merge again. This is all pretty low level, anyway. Higher level interfaces and APIs are not affected by this, just specific types of drivers.

There are some insightful comments in this Slashdot discussion.

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- bryant   Native WavPack support in Android   Jan 14 2010, 06:23
- - soiaf   One thing I'd just like to add to this Andro...   Jan 19 2010, 20:32
- - DARcode   Added mine a while ago along with a comment, come ...   Feb 9 2010, 12:28
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE Android is no longer just on phones, we...   Feb 9 2010, 14:39
|- - soiaf   QUOTE (HotshotGG @ Feb 9 2010, 14:39) I a...   Feb 10 2010, 14:50
- - Canar   I'm more than a little frustrated by Google...   Feb 9 2010, 15:57
|- - rpp3po   Google does not have that position. Their code was...   Feb 9 2010, 16:57
- - Canar   We only disagree in the meaning of "Google...   Feb 9 2010, 17:54
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE Now that the code to add WavPack is availabl...   Feb 10 2010, 17:44
- - TREX6662k6   Starred! Fingers crossed. OT: I really must f...   Feb 11 2010, 03:56
- - lameboy   This is great news. Does anyone know if Android su...   Feb 11 2010, 13:38
- - jcoalson   flac's got about 600 stars: http://code.google...   Feb 11 2010, 19:20
- - soiaf   Until Google decide to add native support (and ple...   Mar 10 2010, 23:51
- - bryant   Soiaf, does that program not support seeking in ge...   Mar 16 2010, 16:13
|- - soiaf   QUOTE (bryant @ Mar 16 2010, 15:13) Soiaf...   Mar 17 2010, 16:53
- - esa372   QUOTE (bryant @ Jan 13 2010, 22:23) ...an...   Mar 17 2010, 19:03
- - Notat   I'm all about bigger fish. I put stars on maki...   Mar 18 2010, 02:11
- - kiit   Done! Great idea, and goodluck with it bryant...   Mar 18 2010, 04:26
- - DARcode   Any news on this topic? FLAC support is rumored t...   Jun 2 2010, 09:08
|- - String Theory   QUOTE (DARcode @ Jun 2 2010, 10:08) Any n...   Jun 2 2010, 12:15
|- - bryant   QUOTE (DARcode @ Jun 2 2010, 01:08) Any n...   Jun 3 2010, 05:43
- - bryant   Peter has been kind enough to update the WavPack p...   Aug 5 2010, 22:00
|- - callmeace   I have added a star and comment, I use WavPack as ...   Aug 5 2010, 23:59
|- - bryant   Wow...up to 105 stars...thanks everyone! QU...   Aug 6 2010, 18:55
- - Miramis   100 stars now. (One from me.)   Aug 6 2010, 08:12
- - Pri3st   One more star from me.   Aug 6 2010, 10:20
- - Atlantis   One more star, Bryant :-)   Aug 6 2010, 20:30
- - DARcode   http://blog.winamp.com/2010/10/20/winamp-f...id-no...   Oct 22 2010, 23:57
- - simonh   Another star. Great news, Bryant.   Oct 23 2010, 08:42


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