Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2018 01:08 UTC
Android

If I look back through all of the years we have covered Android, it’s hard to argue that the introduction of Google Play Edition phones wasn’t one of the biggest moments. In those early years, the Android skin situation was bad. Those early versions of TouchWiz, MotoBlur, and even HTC Sense, weren’t what many of us wanted, to say the least. We wanted Google’s version of Android, as well as their Nexus update schedules, yet that was tough to get because Google was making average hardware at the time.

While Google Play Edition may have failed as a program, I get the feeling that Android One will now act as a proper replacement to it.

Stop trying to make timely Android updates happen. It's not going to happen.

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avgalen
Member since:
2010-09-23

The best thing about Treble is that it is required for phones that ship-with-8.0. So Treble is almost guaranteed to solve the update-mess in the long-long-run

However, 1 year into Android 8, with 8.1 already there and 9.0 knocking on the door there are hardly any* 8.0 devices and many of those didn't ship with 8.0 so they don't have the Treble guarantee. The result: https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/26/phones-updated-support-proj...

* https://android.gadgethacks.com/news/almost-year-later-android-oreo-...

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Treble is required for 8.x phones, but OEMs are the ones supposed to deliver the updates anyway.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Very good point. I had forgotten about that. So even if you would buy an Android phone with 8.1 on it in the next few months, having Treble on it, that doesn't mean that you are guaranteed any updates by the OEM. And even if the OEM makes them available the carrier might still block them. I don't think that will be the norm but we all know that will happen.

Basically Treble is Googles way to say "We have done our part, now it is up to the OEMs and carriers to do theirs".

It should make alternative ROMS a whole lot easier though!

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