Qualcomm's Snapdragon optimization and Google's Project Treble should make Android P updates faster

Qualcomm's Snapdragon optimization and Google's Project Treble should make Android P updates faster
Qualcomm announced today that it has already optimized several Snapdragon mobile platforms for Android P. The SoCs that were fine-tuned include the Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 636 mobile platforms. The chip maker said that in partnership with Google, it was able to have early access to the new build of Android, which allowed it to make the changes necessary to allow handset manufacturers to update their handsets faster.

Timely updates for Android users have been a problem going back to Android 2.1. Soon, the "F" word, fragmentation, started to be used in connection with Android updates (although the other "F word" is still often muttered by Android users waiting for an update). The latest data available show that as of April 16th, only 4.6% of Android users had Android Oreo installed on their handsets. Together with Project Treble, Google's plan to make Android "modular" in order to make updates easier to push out, Qualcomm's optimization could result in more Android phones running on the latest Android build.


It all sounds great in theory, but the last word still belongs to the manufacturers. Back in March, we pointed out that of five major Android producers (Google, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung), only one had increased the speed at which it updated its devices to Android Oreo. That manufacturer was Google.

source: Qualcomm

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16 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Exactly what we hear every year, but no use.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Xiaomi, vivo, Sony Mobile, OPPO and OnePlus have release P DP2

12. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Also there is no love for SD835 support.*

16. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

We have heard that Qualcomm already optimized for the Developer preview every year? I think you are missing something.

2. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

No love for latest SD630 & SD450 or any other SD400 series.SD630 was DOA ever since its announcement back in may 2017 and made it more useless after SD636 annoucements in october 2017.SD636 is a real succesor to last year 2017 SD625/626 in 2018 because SD630 is basically an Rebranded 626 with few of upgrade in connectivity like Download, Upload speed,Bluetooth connection 5.0 and extra 2GHz clockspeed upgrade so all midrange phones with SD630,SD450 will be slow and little less optimise in Android P compare to SD636,SD660 smartphones.Sad thing qualcomm ignored it. ; - (

3. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The 636 is NOT a rebranded 626. It has the same kyro cores as the 660, not the A53s. It's a much, much bigger upgrade over the 630 than you think.

4. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

He said the 630 was. Them he went on to say the 636 is the real successor and I agree 100%.

7. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Oh, I guess I misread then. Unfortunately I can't correct my comment, so I'll just let it be there for my shame.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 636 isn't any where near efficient enough to replace the 630 lol The 636 is a tier above the 620/625/626/630 Its a cheaper alternative to the 650/652/653/660/7XX,...

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4258; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Faster to get bugs and instability? No thanks. If I wanted that I'd get an iPhone.

8. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

good for all the 3-4 phones with SN636 and fk all the SN630... good job

11. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Not going to happen soon

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

2013 Google: With Android KitKat, OS updates will be easier for OEMs to implement. Result: no updates 2014 Google: With Android Lollipop, OS updates will be easier for OEMs to implement. Result: no updates 2015 Google: With Android Marshmallow, OS updates will be easier for OEMs to implement. Result: no updates 2016 Google: With Android Nougat, OS updates will be easier for OEMs to implement. Result: no updates 2017 Google: With Android Oreo, OS updates will be easier for OEMs to implement. Result: no updates 2018 Google: With Android P, OS updates will be easier for OEMs to implement. Result: I'm sure we'll be surprised

14. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Maybe you didn't notice... The manufacture is the problem, not google. Nokia is very fast on update, even on their midrange and lowend. Samsung, on the other hand only fast for the current flagship. Last year flagship is not really fast. And their mid-range (A series & C series) have bad updates.

15. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I agree with you Samsung is awfully slow to update to the newest built of Android on their flagship devices but here is the kicker most if not all the features Google introduces to its OS - Samsung ( and rooted mods} had long ago ( multi windows, split screens, floating windows, OCR, gesture base operations Daily briefings etc..) so, you are not really getting anything new with Googles latest Os update that Samsung did not already implemented in its skin. To me it is Google really catching up and making many of these features now innate to Android so, manufactures like iXaomi, Nokia, Blackberry etc, can now have the same experience as the ( root mods) Samsung devices. Which is a smart move.

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