Close on the heels of Google I/O announcement, Qualcomm has revealed that it is working on an infrastructure development project which will ensure that OEMs are able to implement Project Treble in a better way.
Having said that, Qualcomm has revealed that its recent chips like Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 660, and Snapdragon 636 are already optimized to receive Android version updates. This was made possible because Google let chipset maker in on upcoming Android builds for smoother and faster public updates.
Over the years, Android fragmentation has been a painful bottleneck for Google. That is one of the prime reason why even today Android Oreo is running on only a measly 5.7 percent of Android phones even after a year after its official announcement. As per Qualcomm, with this new synergy, Snapdragon chipsets can receive new updates up to 12 weeks faster as compared to the existing norm. Having said that, the end result will still depend on the OEMs and their eagerness to roll out Android version updates.
Google has been diligently trying to solve Android Fragmentation
Google has been trying several measures to curb fragmentation issues on Android. Most of the new changes that Google has to offer are now rolled out in Google apps and services rather than OS just so more people get access to them in a timely manner.
Last year, Google announced Project Treble to check Android fragmentation. Under this initiative, Google has adopted a modular system where Core OS framework, the custom skin, and hardware related code remains segregated from each other. Qualcomm and Google working together to simplify upgrade process should definitely help.
Project Treble is the new hardware interface architecture for Android that is designed to make platform updates easier for device manufacturers. We’re excited to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies on a streamlined implementation of Android P for Snapdragon silicon, so device manufacturers can bring the latest Android innovations to developers and consumers more quickly.”
Dave Burke, Google – Vice President of Engineering