Back when it launched, almost a decade ago, Android promised to change the face of mobile OS platforms, by being versatile enough to be supported by a multitude of companies on their handsets. Google planned it to be the premier OS to battle Apple’s then-superior iOS.
While Google’s move managed to grab attention and praise, one problem has persisted over the years since its launch : Consistency. It’s still an aspect over which Apple has taken complete control, and judging by that factor alone, one may infer that iOS is better. Android Updates have long since troubled users, in that they are generally given out to Google’s devices, such as the Nexus lineup and for a brief period the Moto series, back when it was still under the search giant’s grasp.
While recent years have seen the problem being solved one step at a time, the truth is far from it. Companies generally update and put their own skin on top of their phones in an effort to differentiate themselves from the crowd, and this often leads to slower updates, or in some cases none at all (Looking at you, Lenovo). Looking at the last quarter of this year, only about 5% of phones had been running Nougat. This status needs to change.Enter Project Treble, Google’s latest initiative to solve this very problem. Under these guidelines, the first step in the process will be changed radically. A new vendor interface will be introduced which will contain the basic source code for a new update, corresponding to the hardware that the phone manufacturer wants to put in. So the earlier process of chip manufacturers having to make changes to the code vanishes, greatly reducing the time delay and over-reliance on them. Now, phone manufacturers can simply make their changes to the code and push it over their own interface.
This move, while greatly reducing the effort put in by chip manufacturers, also gives Google a superior control. While updates used to stop coming when manufacturers decided to pull the plug, this probably won’t be the case from now on. If your phone does not get any update under the program you have the company to blame.Now, Treble is supposed to come into effect with the official launch of the still-untitled Android O. However, this does not necessarily cover the phones which will be updated to that version (except of course, the Google Pixel phones). Phone makers will have to comply with the new system from the time they launch a new phone with the aforementioned OS version. So, if you’re planning to buy a phone with assured updates but aren’t sure about that aspect, you’re better off holding up till Android O launches, and the phones which follow.
We hope this vision of a consistent future for Android pans out, as that will only help the already devout fan base that Android has acquired.
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