On Friday, Google announced a new way to provide quicker updates for Android phones. Project Treble should help Android developers offer updates to users more quickly. This would happen by removing quite a large number of partners from this update thread. The announcement came a week before the conference of I/O developers.
Therefore, Project Treble rolls system updates more quickly. Through this project, manufacturers will no longer have to ask the company which produced the firmware to update the chipsets of the devices. The system update will come directly to the users as soon as it is finished.
Android is flexible, but fragmentary
Android is quite a flexible operating system. In fact, it is open source, meaning that developers can change and model it according to the devices they are manufacturing. This means that Android looks different depending on the phone it is running on.
Google design their own smartphones, Pixel, and their operating system looks slightly different, as the company has adjusted it to their liking. Samsung and Amazon modified their Android so that it bears no resemblance to Pixel. Also, Motorola uses skin-less Android versions for its phones.
Project Treble removes the obstacles which await the updates
This flexibility might make it difficult for updates to come quick. Each developer should ensure that the update is compatible with their version. Besides, the phone chip developers, such as Qualcomm, should also test the update and confirm that it suits their hardware. In the end, phone carriers should also test the update, and only then it is ready for release to the users.
This led to a slow and fragmented update process, which allowed only 7 percent of users to run the latest Android version. Google wanted to change that and speed up the update process, so the company started developing Project Treble.
They have already involved several popular chip makers in the project, such as Sony or Qualcomm. Therefore, Android users should soon start receiving system updates more quickly, and get a chance to try the latest version.
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