OnePlus thinks Android Project Treble is not important; here’s why it could be wrong

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November 23, 2017 12:45 PM

OnePlus has said that it will not favour Google's Project Treble in its smartphones. Here's a quick look at what the feature does for Android smartphones.

OnePlus Project Treble Google AndroidOnePlus is not among those companies that are bringing Project Treble to their existing mobiles.

OnePlus has said that it will not favour Google’s Project Treble in its smartphones. With emerging technologies and dramatic new feature in every new mobile, users expected quick updates. Android phone users need to have a system where they could see speedier OS updates and that is where Google’s Project Treble comes in. The Project Treble will ship in with Android Oreo and it ensures a faster update process. However, OnePlus has confirmed that its current lineup of smartphones, including the recently launched OnePlus 5T, does not support the feature nor does it want to include it in its future devices.

Google had launched the Project Treble in May 2017. It offers a modular base which helps Android mobile manufacturers to provide quicker software updates. The feature is aimed at the company’s core fix for the bad clog that prevents OS updates from getting delivered to more mobile makers and eventually the consumers. Google’s Android operating system has been lauded by many as one of the best and most popular OS for smartphones. However, for various reasons, this hasn’t resulted in the adoption of its latest variants. It is interesting to note that a major chunk of the Android population still users Android KitKat and Android Lollypop. While there have been a few takers for Android Marshmallow, Google’s last update with Nougat has scored a really low percentage. One of the major reasons for this is that several mobile makers have been unable to bring the software updates for its customer. However, with Android Oreo and Project Treble, the technology giant has planned to change things.

What is Project Treble? How does it work? It is a new feature by Google which aims at vendor implementation, a part of the Android architecture that essentially talks with the hardware of the device. According to Google, earlier, updates to the operating system required phone makers to take up an expensive, program-heavy work of entirely retooling it. This has been a major concern and reason for delay by most manufacturers. Some of the mobile makers had even taken a stance against the upgrades as well. Project Treble is a bold move by Google to make the process futureproof from the point of manufacturing. Now, phone makers can concentrate on just updating the rest of the Android framework, which in itself is a huge task.

Is Project Treble good? In the current world, the difference between two generation of OS is huge and it will become wider with every step. It has become highly necessary that new phones support the latest operating systems in order to get maximum benefits. While there have been restraints in the past, Google’s Project Treble appears to be changing them. At least, in theory. Google has also launched a resource-light version of Android O, called Android Go. This will ensure that the Project Treble may also reach low-cost smartphones if they support the OS. It is also possible that Treble will enable several popular manufacturers to deliver updates for a longer time after a phone’s release than it has ever before.

What is the OnePlus-Project Treble issue? As it appears, the Chinese phone maker is not among those companies that are bringing Project Treble to their existing mobiles. However, the absence does not mean that OnePlus users will not get the new Android versions. But now, we have to wait and see if other mobile makers adopt this feature, as currently, it seems to solve a lot of issues.

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