OnePlus 5T

OnePlus has already confirmed that the OnePLus 5T will not support Google’s Project Treble. The company has now clarified why it will not support the Project Treble, which is helpful in getting faster Android OS updates. The Chinese company has provided more explanation on the matter on it forum yesterday.

OnePlus had already announced that it’ll not have Project Treble on any of its current devices. Now, during another AMA session on its official forums, an OxygenOS team member again announced that the company is not implementing it.

Project Treble is a really exciting technology, but it is not the right fit for us now. I assure you we’re still updating our devices and will continue to deliver high-quality, stable software updates,” the staff member writes.

For those who are unaware, Project Treble was announced by Google as a feature of Android Oreo. It basically modifies the Android OS framework so that manufacturers could customize it and their framework stay separate from Android. It will effectively lead to faster OS update rollouts.

Before Treble

After Treble

Explaining the Project Treble functionality, he says that it requires a storage partition to separate the Android framework and vendor’s framework. Also, the partition was not required on Android Nougat and previous versions so OnePlus devices don’t feature the partition.

Further, the company clarifies that if they think of modifying the partition through an OTA update, it might come with the risk of bricking the device. They have tested it and that’s why decided not to implement the feature.

According to our tests, if we were to modify the partition layout via OTA there is a risk that devices will brick during the partitioning. We feel this poses too great a risk for our community of users, which is why we have decided not to implement Project Treble on current OnePlus devices,” the staff member adds.

The company, however, hopes that the functionality of Project Treble will improve with time so that it better supports the devices to get Android OS updates faster. “…we look forward to the future of Project Treble, and how it will evolve to better support devices ahead,” he concluded.