Google is Trying to Make Android Updates Faster Again

Google is Trying to Make Android Updates Faster Again

For example, Sony and Qualcomm contributed dozens of features and hundreds of bugfixes to Android O so they no longer need to rework these patches with each new release of Android. The VI's aim is to separate the "Vendor Implementation" (that is, "the device-specific, lower-level software written in large part by the silicon manufacturers"), from the Android OS framework.

As Google describes, the current process is enormously time-consuming, forcing phone makers to not only update their own implementation but also Google's OS framework.

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Since the company is calling this a "modular base", it is likely that more bundles are coming to the base Android code. Google claims that Treble can work to accomplish faster Android updates for devices. If users are lucky, they might get an OS update six months down the line, at which point Google has already moved on to an even newer version of Android.

With the impending release of Android O, however, Google is trying out a solution to the problem which has led to endless fragmentation of the Android market.

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Project Treble does this with a vendor test suite and vendor interface that are similar to the compatibility test suite that helps enable apps to run across all of the different Android devices out there. Google releases a new version of Android, and while Nexus and Pixel devices get updated, other Android OEMs mostly shrug their shoulders and go about their business. There are no major apps that require a new Android OS version that no one has. Starting with new devices that ship with Android O, Google will introduce a new "vendor interface" between Android and the unique device implementations that will provide access to the hardware-specific parts of Android.

Like the CTS, or Compatibility Test Suite, the VTS will ensure that all the chips inside the phone, from the SoC to the baseband to the tiny little sensors that let our phones do fantastic things, work properly when Google releases a new version of Android.

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Google says it plans to publish full Project Treble documentation with the launch of O later this summer. In order to reduce that time, they have changed the Android Architecture.

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