Google and the chip manufacturer Qualcomm have now announced an initiative to simplify the Android world. The “Project Treble” is being expanded with the aim of enabling device manufacturers to release Android updates more easily without having to worry about compatibility with the respective Qualcomm chipsets. The aim of the cooperation is to ensure that security updates and four major Android updates are possible for four years. This means that Android smartphones would have software support for almost as long as iPhones.
Initiative tackles a major problem in the Android world
Said project, which can definitely have a lasting impact on the Android landscape, should begin with the upcoming “Snapdragon 888” chips. The first smartphones based on the processor will appear in early 2021. The origins of “Treble” are, however, much older. Already three and a half years ago, Google described how they wanted to go from the Android build to the delivery to the customer. We had summarized in this message how things were at least last year with hardware and software support. Many of the Android models received no updates after just 12 to 24 months.