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Qualcomm, Google team up to make Android updates even faster

17 December 2020 0

There are a lot of good things to talk about the Android operating system but software support is not one of them. The vast majority of devices fail to get software updates for a decent period of time and there are many which get just one major upgrade in their lifetime. In an attempt to fix this, Google and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration that will help OEMs support their devices for as long as four years.

This new collaboration is said to be an enhanced version of the Project Treble. Since it has been announced with Qualcomm, it will affect only those devices which are powered by a Snapdragon chipset. It improves on the limitations of the Project Treble that caused a hindrance to OEMs' software support efforts. It essentially eliminates the need for supporting multiple Android frameworks that not only increased the amount of work but also delayed the whole process.

The official blog post says,

"The enhancements are intended to enable Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to upgrade their Snapdragon based devices to the latest Android OS without modifying Qualcomm Technologies’ chipset-specific software and to use a common Android software branch to upgrade devices based on a wide range of Snapdragon mobile platforms across Qualcomm Technologies’ portfolio. These enhancements are designed to reduce the time and resources required to upgrade Snapdragon based devices to the latest Android OS version."

There are two major reasons behind the snail pace of the Android software process. The first is that Android runs on a wide range of devices, starting from expensive flagships to pocket-friendly entry-level smartphones. In addition to this, different OEMs offer their own layer of software experience on top of the stock Android.

The new improved project will allow using the same Android framework for update without the need for extra work. But as we all know, only the time will tell whether any of the theoretical claims will actually translate into real world implementation.


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