Android O is supposed to make Android updates arrive faster

Google expedites Android updates with Project Treble

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. Google thinks it finally has the solution for updates with something called Project Treble that will arrive first in Android O. Essentially, a new "Vendor interface" will contain all of the low-level software for a device - like the chipset drivers.

Google is acutely aware of this and believes it has found a way for manufacturers to speed the process up for the forthcoming Android O update. Whenever a new version of Android comes out, even just a small one, it takes LG, Samsung, Sony, HTC, and everyone else months to push out an update to their latest phones. Google says that it would be active for the "devices launched with Android O and beyond". It eliminates one step from the drill that would help the OEMs to deliver timely updates.

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The company explained in a blog post that feedback from its device-maker partners shows that "updating existing devices to a new version of Android is incredibly time consuming and costly".

Silicon manufacturers pass the modified new release to device makers-the companies that design and manufacture Android devices. The core concept involves separating the vendor implementation, which is the device-specific software written in large part by the silicon manufacturers, from the Android OS Framework. Google will work with chipset manufacturers to make sure the Vendor interface is forwards-compatible, and the interface will be validated by a Vendor Test Suite (VTS). As Google describes, Sony and Qualcomm have already contributed "dozens of features and hundreds of bug fixes to Android O", so they won't have to redo their work with each new Android release.

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Trebles are threes, and the project's name brings about a three-tier architecture for Android that's all about ensuring compatibility between versions now and into the future.

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