Although Android is the most popular operating system among smartphone manufacturers, companies have been pretty slow in releasing updates to the operating system as they become available. While the company has tried numerous ways in past to speed up the process, OEMs still refused the idea of releasing updates on a timely manner. However, it seems that Google has finally found a solution to the problem as the company recently revealed that Project Treble has more than doubled the adoption rate of new updates.
In case you are unaware, Google introduced Protect Treble ahead of Android Oreo launch. Prior to this initiative, manufacturers were required to get their updates from different vendors which would slow down the updating process. However, Google separated the vendor layer from OS with Project Treble which meant that the drivers are forward compatible that allows manufacturers to adopt the update process.
Although we haven’t seen the benefits of the initiative for a long time, Android Pie and Android Q were available during the beta phase on numerous device that suggested that the new approach might work after all. While Google hasn’t released any data regarding the adoption rate of updates following the announcement of Treble, it has recently provided some updates regarding the program.
In the official blog post, Google said that Oreo’s is running on only 8.9 percent of devices and at the same time of following year, Pie was running on 22.6 percent of Android devices. While there’s no figure related to the new releases, companies are reacting pretty fast when it comes to releasing new updates. For instance, companies like OnePlus have been rolling out new updates shortly after Pixels on a consistent basis.
Although the change wouldn’t massively impact you if you are using budget smartphones, given that the devices are part of the Treble program, you can expect to go consistent update on a much faster rate than before.