Google streamlines vendor Android updates with Project Treble

Google expedites Android updates with Project Treble

This changes that, or so Google says, with Treble being its "biggest change yet to low-level system architecture".

Let's be honest; the excitement surrounding new versions of Google's Android operating system is always tempered by the realisation all of those features are probably 12 months away from arriving on most phones.

The catch is that Project Treble's updates will not apply to older devices, only new devices released with Android O and beyond.

The basic idea behind Project Treble is that Google is "re-architecting Android to make it easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android". The diagram above explains things at their most basic, with Google first pushing the software release out to the world, and from there it moves to the silicon manufacturer to modify it for their hardware, who then passes it off to the device manufacturer to customize with carrier requirements. And if you don't have a flagship phone, you're lucky to get an update at all. It eliminates one step from the drill that would help the OEMs to deliver timely updates. 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.

Carriers add more apps, more branding, and "test and certify the new release".

Like the CTS, or Compatibility Test Suite, the VTS will ensure that all the chips inside the phone, from the SoC to the baseband to the tiny little sensors that let our phones do fantastic things, work properly when Google releases a new version of Android. That means device makers will be able to push out new Android releases "without any additional work required from the silicon manufacturers".

The best news is that this isn't a theoretical change or a proposal - it's up and running already in the bleeding-edge Android O preview that's running on a number of Pixel phones, and it'll be there in all O-powered devices. As Google describes, "Project Treble aims to do what CTS did for apps, for the Android OS framework". Google would publish the full documentation for Project Treble with the launch of Android O.

Related news:

Hot News

England's health service says hospitals hit by 'ransomware' attack
May 13, 2017 - 01:19
Many canceled all routine procedures and asked patients not to come to the hospitals unless it was an emergency. An NHS Digital spokesman said: "At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stiff headwinds for GOP on health care, tax reform
May 13, 2017 - 01:18
The clobbering tool has been passed to the Democrats and they will try to employ it during the 2018 midterm elections. Just 11 percent of respondents said they believe the AHCA will cause health insurance costs to go down.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Retail sales strengthen in April, brightening economic outlook
May 13, 2017 - 01:18
U.S. retail sales increased 0.4 percent in April and 4.5 percent from the same time past year , according to the U.S. Gasoline stations sales were up 12.3% from April 2016, while Nonstore Retailers were up 11.9% from a year ago .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sensex, Nifty hit new highs; auto, metal stocks soar
May 12, 2017 - 01:20
However, Wipro fell 1.64 per cent, Asian Paints 1.14 per cent, ICICI Bank 0.91 per cent, TCS 0.86 per cent and Gail 0.84 per cent. The 50-share NSE Nifty gained 43.35 points, or 0.46 per cent, to quote at a life-time high of 9,450.65.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Justice Karnan, Sentenced To Jail, 'Not Found' By Police Of 3 States
May 12, 2017 - 01:08
Justice CS Karnan had apparently checked out of a Chennai guest house without even paying his bills after the Supreme Court order. Meanwhile, Justice Karnan on a personal visit to Chennai on Tuesday, had a "press meet" at the State Guest House in Chepauk.

Pat Nevin tells Blues the best way to win the league
May 12, 2017 - 00:55
With just three games remaining in the season, it's merely the need of two points for Chelsea to win the premier league title. I'm pleased for him. "We are close and in football nothing is done until it's done". "Everyone is devastated", he admitted.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Another Perfect APR Score For UConn Men; Huskies Well Above National Average
May 12, 2017 - 00:53
The Oregon football program had a score of 976 for the 2015-16 academic year, which raised its four-year average to 974. In addition to a team's current-year April , its rolling four-year April is also used to determine accountability.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mills provides offensive boost in first playoff start
May 12, 2017 - 00:39
Leonard initially said he wasn't sure if he was able to play, but obviously he got the all clear to say he could later on. When the Spurs would start to make their shots then the Rockets did too. "You just try to soak it up and play hard".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Scioto Paint recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month
May 10, 2017 - 03:28
It is a fallacy to think that paying attention to mental health can or should be limited to one month on the calendar. New research by the Mental Health Foundation has found that the UK's "mental health is deteriorating".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Does Theresa May's energy cap fit?
May 10, 2017 - 03:24
A cornered energy industry said the Conservative Party's election manifesto pledge to cap prices put "competition at risk". The cap will apply to 17 million families standard variable tariffs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Naxal problem can't be solved through 'silver bullets': Rajnath Singh
May 09, 2017 - 07:53
Ahead of the crucial meeting, the strategic command headquarters of CRPF's anti-Naxal operations was shifted from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur on Sunday.

Blade Runner 2049 gets a teaser ahead of Monday's trailer
May 09, 2017 - 07:50
Ffrom the first trailer, to the images and posters we've seen with this, it seems like it's going to be a phenomenal watch. The one featuring Gosling is captioned, "A new civilization begins now". "There is an order to things".

Mourinho accepts top four finish is impossible
May 09, 2017 - 07:45
It's the first time I leave and they're happy. "It's all thanks to the manager because he gave me the opportunity ", he said . Mourinho however said he is does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pogba produces commanding performance against Celta Vigo
May 08, 2017 - 15:41
The manager's credit column this season already contains the League Cup , with the Europa League possibly to come. Rashford also had to be substituted, but Mourinho said that was a result of a problem he carried into the game.

For The Deal-Making Trump, Compromise Seems To Be A Dirty Word
May 08, 2017 - 15:40
Asked how the president would define a "good shutdown", Mulvaney suggested "it would be one that fixes this town". Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told reporters: "I just don't agree".