Android's Project Treble not coming to most currently available phones?

So, Project Treble is this awesome new part of Android 8 Oreo. It's Google's attempt at curing the "slow update" sickness the OS suffers across all different devices and manufacturers. Basically, Google split Android's core framework from the manufacturer image, which is applied on top of it. That way, the core features can be updated much faster and the phone makers are free to catch up with the updates over the custom UI as they desire.

Unfortunately, Treble is probably not going to be adopted by many phones that came out this year. OnePlus is first to openly admit that it's current products — and that includes the brand-new OnePlus 5T — don't and will not support Treble. Why?

Well, according to a OnePlus representative, in order to implement Treble, the device needs a storage partition dedicated to whatever vendor files need to be preserved and separated from the Android framework files. Trying to add that partition via an OTA update to existing devices right now risks to cause errors and even maybe "brick" some of said devices. Which is why OnePlus is staying away from that idea for now.

Will it launch the OnePlus 6 with Treble support? It's still unknown. The company was quick to promise that its software team is dedicated to working hard on delivering timely updates for the "flagship killers".

As for other manufacturers and their phones — if their devices didn't launch with the needed partition pre-made (and they probably didn't), it's highly unlikely they would be willing to try and create one on existing phones via a simple OTA update. It's a risky ordeal and it requires an extra amount of work. Right now, the Essential Phone, the original Pixel and Pixel XL, and the Huawei Mate 9 have been updated to support Treble. Others seem to be making the move to Oreo without putting the effort into creating that extra partition. HMD has confirmed that its Nokia phones will get Android 8 but without the "Treble partition". Samsung's Galaxy S8 got the new update, but also doesn't have Treble.

So, unless the trend changes abruptly, it seems that most 2017 phones won't be part of project Treble. Oh well, here's to 2018!

source: OnePlus forums



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2678; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"Will it launch the OnePlus 6 with Treble support? It's still unknown." I was under the impression that it was required for all handsets launching with Oreo?

2. andrewc31394

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

You are correct, unless manufacturers find a workaround which means that these companies still don't give a crap about timely updates

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7610; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

OnePlus is one of the worst Android OEMs to even ask if they are going to support project treble, because they forked Android and customize it with there stuff. Oxygen OS anybody? Duh. Ask any of the other OEMs that don't fork Android. You will get a different result.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They positioned themselves as a manufacturer that appears as if they will give long term support but none of their devices actually get long term support, the OP2 didn't even leave 6.0 which is ridiculous even if that device was a complete failure

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7610; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

True. Does anyone think that Amazon is going to implement project treble as well. Give me a break. Come on PhoneArena you can do better than this garbage reporting.

6. itslauri

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

None? OP3 shipped with 6.0 but has received 2 major updates and already has 8.0. But yes OP2 was a failure in many ways.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

One plus phones are for enthusiasts and they have a ton of roms so i dont care personally.

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