On Tuesday, Google unveiled a range of new features that are coming to the next version of its mobile OS, Android P, injecting artificial intelligence (AI) into everything. We still don’t know the final name of Android P, but from smart replies to smart battery management, enhanced privacy and attempts to cure smartphone addiction, a lot is changing for Android for the next year.
Android P promises to be the fastest update to non-Google devices yet. The problem with Android updates is it often takes as long as a year before third-party manufacturers push out major versions.
Google is trying to solve this by giving early access to Qualcomm, which makes many of the smartphone processors, as well as third-party manufacturers. Qualcomm announced that it has pre-integrated their software with Google’s Android P, which should make it easier than ever for phone manufacturers to update once Android P goes stable. This is all a part of Google’s Project Treble, which may already be showing signs of success.
This joint effort was designed to accelerate the adoption of Android P and beyond in devices built on Snapdragon mobile platforms.
By having early access to Android P, Qualcomm pre-integrated its software on Snapdragon 845, 660 and 636 Mobile Platforms to ensure readiness for OEMs to upgrade to Android P at the time of launch. Any devices running those processors will have the opportunity to update to Android P quicker than in the past.
As we all know, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is going to be the biggest of 2018 for Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus run it, and there will be countless others. Well, this is the advantage of buying flagship devices.
Devices powered by these Snapdragon SoCs should have access to Android P up to 12 weeks sooner than would have been available before. It means the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphones will have early access to Android P mobile operating system. Support for other platforms is expected in the future.
“We are excited to work with Google to pre-integrate our software with Android P, making it production ready for OEMs,” said Mike Genewich, director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Through our strengthened relationship, Google and Qualcomm Technologies are set to expand the market for Android and make it easier for OEMs to launch devices based on Snapdragon mobile platforms.”
“Project Treble is the new hardware interface architecture for Android that is designed to make platform updates easier for device manufacturers,” said Dave Burke, vice president of engineering, Google. “We’re excited to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies on a streamlined implementation of Android P for Snapdragon silicon, so device manufacturers can bring the latest Android innovations to developers and consumers more quickly.”