HTC hasn’t been all that supportive of the ATI Imageon video hardware on board HTC handsets using Qualcomm’s MSM7500 and MSM7200 chipsets. They’ve released firmware revisions that offer some video performance boosts, but nothing to the level that many irate HTC customers are looking for in their high-end smartphone.
So, without any help from HTC, the HTCClassAction organization has decided to take it upon themselves to create their own homebrew video acceleration drivers for certain HTC smartphones. You’ll remember the HTCClassAction grass-roots organization from their attempt to petition HTC to deliver drivers that were capable of leveraging the 2D and 3D video acceleration hardware, the ATI Imageon circuitry, on their handsets.
The latest blog post from the video acceleration-seekers details a new video driver that works to enable some 3D acceleration on HTC Kaiser (TyTn II) handsets running the official Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM from HTC. The new video driver delivers 3D performance increases through OpenGL ES and Direct3D acceleration, but stops short of enabling 2D video acceleration. But, that doesn’t mean 2D acceleration is out of the question – there are “people” working on it.
Hit the video below to see the 3D drivers in action.
We also have to commend HTC for letting this grass-roots effort continue. The lack of an official 3D video acceleration solution from HTC is mostly likely a bottom-line issue (which is just business), but that doesn’t mean HTC is out to punish their eager and ever-enthusiastic customer-base.