Without a doubt, Google isn’t unnoticed with the number of events unfolding themselves over the past few years. With Google finally showcasing what it means to build an Android device since the advent of their Google Pixel devices, Google has committed to finally remove of the biggest complaints they’ve been taking ever since the rise of Androids, and that’s updates.
Google’s definitely not the best when it comes to overall favorability. With Android being an open-source platform, Google often comes under fire when Android is criticized for not being updated as Apple devices. With OEMs continuously pumping out new devices every week, Google has traditionally put the burden on lousy OEMs to release updates for phones running Android, and so far, it doesn’t look good. Since OEMs traditionally ditch their phones within a year into its release, Google basically leaves many users running devices from even a year ago in the dark, open to security vulnerabilities.
With Google finally having enough of the mockery and criticism, Google has taken it unto themselves by announcing Project Treble. With the help of Project Treble, Google hopes that it would help OEMs/Vendors to release quicker and faster updates to their Android-powered devices.
First spotted by Gadgets360, the Android team at Google, in a recent blog post announced that every device launched running Android Pie right now is a Project-Treble enabled device, essentially affirming that no device would remain lagging behind when it comes to major Android updates. While it certainly still is up to the manufacturer of the device to release these updates via OTA, this certainly opens up massive opportunities for the GSI community, a new community that is taking full advantage of the Project Treble commitment by allowing users to port a number of ROMs for every Project Treble-compatible device with a bit of work. In a blog post they said:
Going forward, all devices launching with Android 9 Pie or later will be Treble-compliant and take full advantage of the Treble architecture to deliver faster upgrades. Thanks to Treble, we expect to see more devices from OEMs running Android 9 Pie at the end of 2018 as compared to the number of devices that were running Android Oreo at the end of 2017.
While this definitely setting a ton of expectations for a ton of users, it certainly does seem to be a grey area at this very moment as releasing these updates are largely up to the hands of the manufacturer unless you’re a keen modder or enthusiastic developer. This is typically up to the manufacturer to release these updates as none of the OEMs are willing to give up their custom-made take on Android.