The best thing about the Latest Android i.e., Android 8.0 Oreo is that it comes with “Project Treble”.
‘Project Treble’ is Google’s attempt to modularize Android. It separates all the low-level device drivers (vendor implementations) from the rest of the Android. This results in updating phones/tablets to the latest version for manufacturers as long as they support Treble.
For those who are not familiar with the process of Android Updates, here is a small brief. As soon as a new version of Android is released, the first work is of Chipset Manufacturers. After the drivers are ready, phone companies can start re-adding their tweaks to the new OS.
Project Treble’s main aim is to speed up the process which will change the architecture of Android. A new ‘Vendor Interface’ will contain all of the low-level software for the device like chipset drivers. Google will work with chipset manufacturers to make sure the Vendor interface is forward-compatible, and the interface will be validated by a Vendor Test Suite (VTS).
The main and most exciting thing about Project Treble is: Custom ROMs. With Treble, it will be easier to develop custom ROMs.
“There is no guarantee that a device will have actively-developed custom ROMs, or faster Android updates, just because it supports Treble. There are other potential roadblocks to custom ROM development, like locked bootloaders.”
Devices updated to support Treble
- Essential Phone PH-1
- Google Pixel 1
- Google Pixel 1 XL
- Huawei Mate 9
- Huawei Honor 8 Pro
Note: Every device that is launched with Android 8.0 Oreo or higher, already supports Treble, such as: Google Pixel 2, Sony Xperia XZ1, etc.
Devices updated to Oreo without Treble
- Google Nexus 6P
- Google Nexus 5X
- Google Pixel C
- Nokia 8
- OnePlus 3
- OnePlus 3T
- OnePlus 5
- OnePlus 5T
- Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
- Sony Xperia XZ
- Sony Xperia XZs
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
These are some of the phones with and without Treble support.
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Source: Android Police