Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2018 22:47 UTC
Android

Updates are easily the biggest problem facing the Android ecosystem, and Google is working hard to fix that. Project Treble has proven that it's capable of making updates easier, and now Google is stepping up requirements for OEMs when it comes to security patches.

Every little step in this department is a welcome one. It's not yet clear what, exactly, the requirements entail, but hopefully, it's a strict and hard requirement to publish every monthly security update.

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RE[3]: Finally!
by sj87 on Sat 12th May 2018 17:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Finally!"
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If a new device comes out with Android Nougat and gets updated to Oreo, it is not required to go through the Oreo Treble's certification process.

Most new devices on 2018 are still being released with Nougat or Marshmallow on them.

Most "new devices", i.e. most of the bottom price range, has always been released with an out-of-date Android version. This is because manufacturers just re-package their old hardware from older models and that also means the software. It's not the fault of Oreo nor Google's Treble requirements.

(In Oreo's case, perhaps, the slower-than-usual adoption rate is somewhat explained by the fact that Google released the OS earlier into the year, and the first NEW devices running it followed months later.)

Edited 2018-05-12 17:37 UTC

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RE[4]: Finally!
by unclefester on Sun 13th May 2018 02:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Finally!"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Most "new devices", i.e. most of the bottom price range, has always been released with an out-of-date Android version. This is because manufacturers just re-package their old hardware from older models and that also means the software. It's not the fault of Oreo nor Google's Treble requirements.


No Android version since KitKat is 'out of date'. Android is simply getting more bloated and resource heavy.

Android really needs to go into LTS mode and stop adding BS features and making constant useless. changes.

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RE[5]: Finally!
by Alfman on Sun 13th May 2018 07:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Finally!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

unclefester,

No Android version since KitKat is 'out of date'...


I honestly don't know what you mean by this? I think getting minor updates is a reasonable expectation. The way I see it, if google puts out a minor update and consumer phones never receive it, those phones are out of date.

Android is simply getting more bloated and resource heavy.

Android really needs to go into LTS mode and stop adding BS features and making constant useless. changes.


I don't object to this, but IMHO the lack of bug & security updates has been the bigger problem for my android devices.

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