Google’s Project Treble came with a moto to improve the update situation in Android and has been hanging around since 2017. Besides, it aims to separate the Core Android OS framework from the OEM skin customization. Now Google and Qualcomm have teamed up to ensure up to 3 Android OS Updates and up to 4 years of Security Patches for Snapdragon-powered phones.
The partnership will kick off with the release of Snapdragon 888 smartphones by baking OS and security update support right into the smartphones at a chip level. This initiative is a colossal step to improve the Android update scene. Prior to this announcement, Samsung had announced its plan to provide three major Android updates to its flagship, Note 20 Series.
In comparison, Google Pixel lineup leads the charge, when it comes to Android updates by offering three years of OS updates and Security Patches. At the moment there is no word about the program being extended to other chipsets from the company. Furthermore, this initiative is a between Qualcomm and Google, so other chipmakers like MediaTek will not be a part of it, at least for now.
Shedding light on the adoption rate, Google revealed that there are currently 667 million active users, out of which 82% of which received Android 10 updates via OTA on their device.