Google wants to bring faster Android updates via Android O

14 May, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Google expedites Android updates with Project Treble

The direct outcome is the acceleration of the updates in Android O. Yes, the search engine will implement Treble from the next major update of its platform, which will be imminently presented in the first beta, next week, on Google I /OR. However, the new feature on Android O is a welcome one and a concrete action by Google for addressing the issue of Android fragmentation. Who knows when a significant portion of Android devices will be updated to Android O to benefit from the initiative? None of them really panned out, but I begrudgingly have to admit that the project they just unveiled - Project Treble - has some more meat to it than the vague promises and alliances they usually peddle.

First, in order to understand what it is that Project Treble exactly does, it's important for you to understand the general update process involved with each iteration of Android.

Following some devices accidentally receiving the May security patch a few weeks early, the OTA is now officially rolling out.

In addition to the architectural changes, Google is working with its partners to move their code changes into the common Android Open Source Project codebase. And if you don't have a flagship phone, you're lucky to get an update at all.

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Google has unveiled a new system that aims to streamline vendor Android updates.

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

In order to improve the pace of the the Android updates, Google has introduced new algo under the name of "Project Treble". "Through the introduction of a new 'vendor interface", OS upgrades from Android O onwards could be delivered independently of vendor specific code updates.

Google plans to publish the full documentation for Project Treble on source.android.com with the launch of O later this summer. 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. The Pixel devices operating on the current O Developer Preview is also running the Project Treble architecture. But we expect to hear a lot more about it at Google I/O next week.

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