Google and Qualcomm Collaborate to Offer 4 Years of Assured Android Updates

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INTRO: There’s no hiding the very fact that fragmentation within the Android ecosystem may be a key issue that Google has been trying to deal with for a few times now. The open-source nature of Android skinned UIs, and the vast variety of mobile devices at different price points is a major reason for the slower (or no) updates.

Google laid the groundwork to repair this, first with Project Treble then Project Mainline, to deliver new features and security updates break away OS updates. Today, Google has decided to further this cause by partnering with chipmaker Qualcomm.

Google and Qualcomm have joined hands to increase Project Treble to the chipset level. This will allow the phone makers using Snapdragon chipsets to not only deliver faster updates. But, it will also see users receive four years of assured Android, as well as security updates.

“Through this collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, we expect that Android users will have the most recent OS upgrades and greater security on their devices,” stated David Burke, VP of Android engineering, Google. Now, you must be wondering – what has Google and Qualcomm changed to make 4 years of updates a reality?

Project Treble enabled OEMs to quickly update the OS without having to stress about low-level vendor implementation. This was beneficial for both OEMs, also as users, but the chipmaker’s work and costs shot up because it now had to take care of six combinations of OS frameworks and vendor implementations, as per Google. The new Project Treble update fixes this very problem together with Qualcomm.
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Going forward, Qualcomm doesn’t got to tweak the seller implementation for every OEM and chipset to obtrude new updates. Instead, it can “support Android with an equivalent vendor implementations on their SoCs for device launches also as upgrades,” as per the blog post. This means phone makers can now roll out updates faster – and to variety of devices – without changing the seller implementation (which will now be reused across multiple Qualcomm chipsets).

“All Qualcomm customers are going to be ready to cash in of this stability to further lower both the prices of upgrades also as launches and may now support their devices for extended periods of your time ,” as per Google.

The Project Treble enhancements are being put into action with the Snapdragon 888 SoC, says Qualcomm. This means we will expect a majority of flagships launching in 2021 to be at the forefront when the Android 12 update rollout starts. Also, the device must be running Android 11 or later.

The chipmaker will offer this so far another value addition with new mobile platforms it launches within the future. It basically reads as – Snapdragon SoC-powered phones will get Android updates faster, and for a extended period, as compared to Exynos/ MediaTek chipsets.

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