OnePlus recently launched its latest flagship smartphone, OnePlus 5T. The company also rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo open beta on earlier phones like OnePlus 3 and 3T. In what could be the bad news for OnePlus fans and users, the company has confirmed the absence of Google’s Project Treble from its software rollout process in the future.
During an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on OnePlus forum, Adam Krisko, the company’s Beta program Project Manager said phones like OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will not support the key feature.
“We are not currently supporting Treble, and do not plan to for these [OnePlus 3/ 3T and 5/ 5T] devices,” said Adam Krisko during the AMA session on official OnePlus forum.
When it comes to rolling out a new software update, Google Project Treble is all about keeping vendor implementation separate from Android OS framework. With previous Android iterations including Android Nougat, OEMs required to change a large portion of Android OS framework in order to process future roll out. That changes with Android 8.0 Oreo because it includes Project Treble.
In simple terms, Project Treble quickens the process of software updates as vendors only need to make changes to vendor implementations, unlike before. But since none of the OnePlus devices run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, OnePlus’ decision to ditch Project Treble support appears sensible.
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Notably, Google has added the Project Treble architecture to its latest Android skin, Android Oreo to improve the update process on new devices. While the system will be made available to the newer devices launched with Android Oreo, Google has not secluded its first-generation Pixel phones.