Google Will Partially Address Update Fragmentation in Android O

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A new Google project aims to change that.

By introducing a new modular architecture, Google is actually segregating the vendor implementation from the Android OS Framework. The problem with slow updates is usually because the burden for issuing the update usually falls on the OEM and this takes some time.

The company has been working towards this day for a long time, from splitting the carrier and vendor updates into separate partitions in Android M to making it easier for manufacturers and carriers to roll out specific, core OS updates with Android N.

A few days ago Google stated on their support page that they are going to cease the Android Operating System updates for the current Pixel smartphones in October 2018. Only updating the Android framework would enable them to push new version update.

Meanwhile, it has also been stated that Project Treble's updates will not be applicable to older devices, as it will be "coming to all new devices launched with Android O and beyond". With Project Treble in place on Android O, device manufacturers such as Samsung will be able to release Android updates to their devices without waiting for chip partners such as Qualcomm to first release their own software updates. Device makers modify the new release again as needed for their devices. And the new VI will be validated by a Vendor Test Suite (VTS), which is analogous to the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) that Google has been using for API testing of apps.

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If you're not familiar with how Android updates work, here's a summary.

Google says having such an interface will give device makers direct access to the hardware-specific parts of Android O.

Posted in the, the big difference that will help speed things along for your preferred device maker is that Google is pushing for phones released moving forward to feature vendor implementation, part of the greater Android architecture, that won't need to be updated with each new OS release. Google said it has already made the feature live on the Google Pixel's Android O Developer Preview.

Google says it plans to publish full Project Treble documentation with the launch of O later this summer.

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