The new features that Android 8.0 Oreo brings aren’t overwhelming, but one of them is of particular note – Project Treble. It is Google’s final push to remedy slow Android updates by separating the basic, core Android framework, from the manufacturer image, and allow it to be updated much faster than before.
Riding on his creator-of-Android clout, Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors for his Essential undertaking, which has so far resulted in a phone with a very promising ideas, but ho-hum execution, as most initial efforts turn out to be. While Essential doesn’t disclose sales numbers, analysts back in September mapped its uptake to be just 5000 units, as the handset was plagued by poor camera reviews and other mishaps, and it was unfortunate to come to market when “all-screen” phones from the most popular manufacturers hit the tape as well.
Slow manufacturer updates are a huge problem for Android that doesn’t really need an introduction at this point because everyone knows the drill. Google releases new Android Dessert. Anywhere between 3 months to a year later, the update has reached your phone, assuming it isn’t older than, say, 18 months. It’s not only manufacturers at fault, though. The multi-tiered Android update process is rather convoluted.