Η Google and Qualcomm promise to improve the Android update process devices, allowing faster and bigger updates.
The process of updating Android devices has always been one of the biggest problems. In recent years, there have been improvements thanks to Google Project Treble, which was presented in 2017 as part of Android 8.0 Oreo. Essentially, Project Treble splits Android into different parts, which is supposed to make it easier for Android manufacturers (OEMs) to make the necessary updates and release them quickly. In the past, when a new Android was released information, phone makers had to wait for chipset providers (eg Qualcomm) to update the code sections associated with their equipment. Only then could they begin their own information process.
Gradually, OEMs were able to accelerate the pace at which important updates were forwarded to devices (especially Android 10). Now, Qualcomm and Google announced their collaboration for the expansion of Project Treble, in order to make the Android update process even better.
New partnership between Google and Qualcomm brings improvements to Project Treble to facilitate OEMs to create their own OS implementations over the Android framework.
The Android is found in many different types of devices with different capabilities and OEMs want to differentiate Appliances and put their own touch to Google's OS framework. This framework, as well as possible updates to it, need to be modified for different chipsets that have different requirements. OEMs need to consider different frameworks when developing their implementations on different chips, which means more work is added for them. In a way, Project Treble made things a little more complicated for OEMs.
However, according to Qualcomm and Google, the new improvements will facilitate the development and release of an Android update, as the same OS framework will be used on different chips. Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets will use this enhanced Project Treble, which will be included in Android 11, and the update process is expected to simplify and speed up.
These improvements will dramatically reduce the number of OS framework combinations and implementations that Qualcomm needs to support across all mobile platforms.
Because of the new handling of updates, Google and Qualcomm believe they can "support four Android OS versions and security updates for four years”In all Appliances using Qualcomm's new Snapdragon chips. However, it is important to note that “four Android OS versions ”does not necessarily mean four years of significant updates. The upcoming Snapdragon 888 will be the first chipset to support new improvements to Project Treble, and so with Android 11, it will be counted as the first OS version. Qualcomm public relations representatives clarified this issue, saying that "Qualcomm will support the boot version + 3 OS upgrades, for a total of 4 major Android OS versions. The Snapdragon 888 will support Android 11, 12, 13 and 14".
The smartphones Google Pixel and some of the best phones Samsung are expected to receive software updates.
However, that Qualcomm and Google are trying to make it easier for OEMs to update their smartphone does not necessarily mean that all of them will decide to provide OS updates and security updates. Whether this will be done or not depends on the judgment and capabilities of each manufacturer.