Google may finally have a solution for the agony of Android updates

Google announces Project Treble to allow OEMs to deliver faster Android updates

This isn't something that will be user-facing, meaning Project Treble isn't going to have any shiny new features or tools to play with as an end user.

Before Treble, every new Android update would require a rework of the silicon vendor's low-level software.

Android O is the foundation for the change, and it is being made in a manner to make the update cycle faster and affordable for the manufacturers.

If you're not familiar with how Android updates work, here's a summary. They either take forever to do so, are constantly versions behind, or give-up on updates altogether as devices age and they struggle to justify the cost and time involved in getting them ready. To this day, many devices have to wait several months after their Google device counterparts just to receive the next major version of Android. By removing much of the legwork required by manufacturers to push out a new update to Android, devices that ship with Android O should have a much easier time adhering to Google's security and version upgrade schedule. It eliminates one step from the drill that would help the OEMs to deliver timely updates. By specifically separating out the "vendor implementation" portion of Android, which is the lower-level software that is controlled by silicon makers, the guys who make the processors and chipsets for devices.

OEMs (Samsung, LG, HTC) step in and "modify the new release again as needed for their devices".

Project Treble lets device manufacturers focus only on the parts of Android that affect their phones.

"The result today is that app developers can write a single app that works across over a billion devices running on different hardware from different manufacturers." said Malchev.

Google has essentially split apart its own work on Android from the work that its hardware partners do on Android to make sure it works with their latest chips. This is achieved by the introduction of a new vendor interface between the Android OS framework and the vendor implementation. But we expect to hear a lot more about it at Google I/O next week.

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