Qualcomm and Google have announced that they will work to expand Project Treble, Google’s ambitious multi-year project that aims to simplify operating system updates so that it is easier for device makers to update phones and tablets to new versions of Android without worrying. Qualcomm’s chipset-specific software.
The goal is to make it even easier for users to get the latest version of Android on their phones (which is not always guaranteed) and to ensure that the new Qualcomm chips support four Android OS updates and four years of security updates. : a huge leap forward from what most Android phones usually offer. Such a feat, if actually implemented, would bring Android smartphones closer to Apple’s iPhones in terms of long-term software support.
What Qualcomm and Google are doing here is a bit technical, but essentially, it boils down to a similar application of the existing strategy for Project Treble, which in turn breaks Android down into several pieces. Thanks to Project Treble, OEMs can (in theory) simply use Google’s updated piece of software without having to worry about waiting for updated components from silicon companies, such as Qualcomm.
The new approach with Qualcomm makes it easier for the chipmaker by reducing the additional software combinations it has been forced to support (thanks to Treble’s previous efforts), allowing for faster updates, at least, in theory.
The problem is that it will take a few years before we can see what benefits, if any, this program creates to speed up the Android update cycle or extend the longevity of the device. This is because Qualcomm is making this commitment only for future devices, starting with the next Snapdragon 888 (which will arrive in phones in early 2021).