In a recent Android Developers Backstage podcast, Google Engineers confirmed Google’s possible collaboration with certain companies. Google is reportedly working with some companies to add quicker and longer update support for some Android devices.
The Mountain View based Tech Giant is working with some companies to implement its Project Treble. Project Treble is rolling out with Android O and will make it easier for your smartphone to receive updates quicker and for a longer duration.
What is Project Treble?
Project Treble is basically an architectural change in Android that will roll out with Android O. It modularizes a part of Android’s architecture and makes your smartphones optimized for faster updates.
So far, any Android update released by Google goes to the chipset maker first (for driver updates) and then to your smartphone manufacturer so they can fine-tune the update for your handset. This process results in delayed updates to your smartphone.
Through Project Treble, Google will make a ‘Vendor’s Interface’ which will contain things like chipset drivers, which will be compatible with future updates. Having said that, Project Treble’s Vendor Interface will reduce this time by skipping the driver update part.
How will it benefit you?
Slow updates are a major issue with many Android smartphones. Only Google Pixel and Nexus series is known for the fastest updates so far. Apart from these devices, other smartphones take weeks and sometimes months to implement an update.
With Project Treble in the picture, your smartphones will be able to receive faster updates. Although not as fast as the Pixel or Nexus, faster than the conventional update speed. Another benefit of Project Treble is future-preparedness.
Some Android devices do not receive updates because the chipset maker discontinues driver support for a particular piece of hardware. Project Treble can save the day here as upcoming hardware will stay updated for a longer duration.
With Google in talks with ‘Some Companies’ to implement project treble, it will surely benefit the OEMs and chip makers involved in these talks. The companies associated with Project Treble will be able to deliver faster updates on Android phones that have a longer guarantee of receiving updates.