Google expedites Android updates with Project Treble

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

Google's Project Treble is a modular base for Android, and today Google is giving the world a quick look at what Project Treble is and how it will benefit the Android operating system.

Project Treble's updates do not seem to cater to older devices.

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

Easily the most annoying aspect of using an Android phone (with the exception of Pixel/Nexus) is slow updates. And if you don't have a flagship phone, you're lucky to get an update at all. In the case of carrier-sold phones/tablets, device makers then have to wait for the carriers to approve the update.

It's no secret that Google's partners have nearly always been bad at updating their devices to the newest versions of Android. Now, with Treble, it's one less step to getting out updates.

Quite complicated indeed. But from this point on Android will gain a "Vendor Interface" (VI), thanks to a new development effort Google calls Project Treble.


With a stable vendor interface providing access to the hardware-specific parts of Android, device makers can choose to deliver a new Android release to consumers by just updating the Android OS framework without any additional work required from the silicon manufacturers.

Carriers add more apps, more branding, and "test and certify the new release".

The best news is that this isn't a theoretical change or a proposal - it's up and running already in the bleeding-edge Android O preview that's running on a number of Pixel phones, and it'll be there in all O-powered devices.

The new "Vendor Interface" separates the Android framework from the hardware. The inspiration behind Project Treble is Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) that will enable developers to write apps that would be compatible with the billion of Android devices.

After Google publishes the open-source code for the latest release, chip manufacturers have to modify the script for their hardware.

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