The Google Qualcomm partnership for Project Treble promises support for 4 Android operating system versions on upcoming Snapdragon phones

Google and Qualcomm have teamed up for Project Treble to ensure support for four Android operating system versions (launch and three new versions) and four years of security updates for upcoming Android 11 phones with Snapdragon SoCs. Google launched Project Treble in 2017 to enable faster Android updates from phone manufacturers. The search giant announced its partnership with Qualcomm via an official blog post on the Android developer forum. This takes effect on Qualcomm SoCs that start with Android 11 and higher.

Google is working with Qualcomm to enable faster Android updates from manufacturers. This was Project Treble’s USP. The result of this partnership is that Android phones with Snapdragon chipsets can receive four Android operating system versions (launch version + three updates) and four years of security updates, which extends the life cycle of future phones and ensures security improvements for a longer period of time.

“All Qualcomm customers can take advantage of this stability to further reduce the cost of both upgrades and launches, and can now support their devices for longer periods of time,” said the official blog post in the Android developer forum.

Google also uses the same operating system framework software across multiple Qualcomm chipsets to enable faster Android updates by reducing the number of operating system framework and vendor implementation combinations Qualcomm must support on its mobile platforms.

Snapdragon 888-enabled phones will be the first to support four Android operating system versions and four years of security updates, according to a report. The article also states that this will also be implemented for phones with lower tier Snapdragon chipsets in the future.

The new Snapdragon 888 SoC is expected to debut with the Mi 11. Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy S21 series and Oppo Find X3 Pro are also powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC.


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