Late software updates is not a strange issue for Android users. Android users except those who have Nexus, Pixel and sometimes Motorola phones are getting OS updates very late. Many consumers are not happy with their current phones for the updates. Now Google is finally taking some steps for the faster Android updates. Google has started new project named as “Project Treble”. So what’s this Project Treble is all about? Let’s find out.
If you notice or if you have experienced, many smartphone OEMs didn’t gave Android nougat update even to their Premium phone, & when they were asked about the update they simply said that the device’s chipset is not compatible with Android nougat. Now with this Project Treble, OEMs can’t make these type of excuses blaming the compatibility with SoC. Under this Project Google will tie up with SoC manufacturers like Qualcomm, Exynos and MediaTek for the compatibility of devices.
There will be a ‘Vendor Interface’ in Android O & above which will help to SoC manufacturers & Google to make the chipset compatible for future updates as well. Google has been using Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) to test out the API for the apps as well as other OEMs also use this suite to wrap their own UI or features on it. Now for this project Google has released a new suite for SoC manufacturers named as Vendor Test Suite (VTS). It will make sure that the chipsets will be compatible with future Android updates as well.
So that’s all the information we have as of now. Google will give more information on this in Google I/O 2017. This Project Treble is already running for the Android O developer preview. Hopefully this project will help to bring faster OS updates. At least smartphone OEMs can’t blame to SoC manufacturers for chipset Compatibility in regards to late or no updates. Stay tuned with us for more information.
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