Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Sep 2017 22:20 UTC, submitted by Jaikrishnan

Ars has a very detailed review - more of an in-depth deconstruction, to be honest, and that's a good thing - of Android 8.0 Oreo.

Take a closer look at Oreo and you really can see the focus on fundamentals. Google is revamping the notification system with a new layout, new controls, and a new color scheme. It's taking responsibility for Android security with a Google-branded security solution. App background processing has been reined in, hopefully providing better battery life and more consistent performance. There's even been some work done on Android's perpetual update problem, with Project Treble allowing for easier update development and streaming updates allowing for easier installation by users. And, as with every release, more parts of Android get more modularized, with emojis and GPU driver updates now available without an OS update.

Saving this one for tomorrow.

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RE[2]: Great...
by kurkosdr on Wed 6th Sep 2017 10:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Great..."
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Most devices are released and forgotten right away by their manufacturers, so nothing will change. Phones from google and maybe a couple other manufacturers may see updates outside large system updates, and that's good, but those were already receiving regular updates anyway.

This is a step in the right direction but it's not going to be the holy grail many people hope it will be.

To be frank, I don't care if people who buy Galaxies and other "customized" junk will receive updates.

Will Project Treble result in Google phones getting upgrades from more than 24 months? Will Project Treble result in Google phones not being held hostage to Qualcomm's BSP (non)support policies? Then that's good enough for me.

Anybody who buys a "customized" phone knows what he is getting, but as of previous week, even if you went the Google experience way, you were still getting only a paltry of 24 months of upgrades.

Edited 2017-09-06 10:57 UTC

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