Qualcomm Is Making It Easy for Companies to Bring Android P to Devices With Select Snapdragon Chips
The state of Android updates is, well, pathetic, with only a fraction of devices running the latest version of the operating system. Yes, some complications arise due to a metric ton of devices from an equal number of manufacturers. Project Treble did help in getting quicker updates for several devices, but we’ll need chip manufacturers on board if we have to fix the problem. Thankfully, Qualcomm has announced today that it will be making it easier for device OEMs with Android devices powered by the Snapdragon 636, Snapdragon 660, and Snapdragon 845 to bring Android P to these phones.
The agreement does not hold for all Qualcomm SoCs
Qualcomm partnered up with Google to make sure that OEMs can bring the latest software updates to consumers. In essence, this means that Qualcomm will provide an Android P-based Board Support Package (BSP) to OEMs designed so that updates are much easier to offer. It also explains why so many non-Pixel devices are also receiving an Android P beta. According to their blog post:
Project Treble is the new hardware interface architecture for Android that is designed to make platform updates easier for device manufacturers,” said Dave Burke, vice president of engineering, Google. “We’re excited to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies on a streamlined implementation of Android P for Snapdragon silicon, so device manufacturers can bring the latest Android innovations to developers and consumers more quickly.
The only real competition Qualcomm has in the smartphone SoC market is MediaTek and Hisilicon, and it is uncertain what the agreement means for them. The deal is limited only to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 636, Snapdragon 660, and Snapdragon 845 chips, so devices not running the chips could be left in the lurch. Companies such as Xiaomi, OnePlus with the OnePlusm Vivo, Sony Mobile, Essential, and OPPO are a part of the Android P beta program, and almost all eligible devices run one of the three chips, so that’s progress right there. The endgame here is to ensure faster updates for devices, and that’s all that matters.