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Android OS, being the sole property of Google, is the largest circulated open source program adopted by plenty of manufacturers developing Android smartphones. The operating system has been infested with fragmentation ever since its origin.

Once Google releases the latest version of Android, it takes months, even years, to be rolled out to the smartphones. Experts say, the primary reason lies with the open source licensing as the major manufacturers like to introduce their own operating systems on top of Android.

All such manufacturers including Samsung Huawei, Sony etc. have to reproduce their own operating systems in order to cop up with the new updates released by Google. The entire process takes a lot of time resulting in slower release of updates causing frustration to the users.

Project Treble – The Solution

Now Google has taken up the very issue and introduced a program known as Project Treble. For those who are not familiar with this name; it is the program where Google releases new updates to the Android Operating System in modular form that allows separation of concerns for the manufacturers.

In simple words, Project Treble separates the device drivers from rest of the operating system allowing manufacturers to update their systems quickly. Not to mention that the Project Treble experienced its maiden entry with the release of Android Oreo.

In fact, there are quite a few devices that adopted the Project Treble in releasing the latest updates of Android OS for their platforms while a large number didn’t show much interest for the Project.

The following devices are being updated with Android Oreo using Project Treble.

  • Essential Phone PH-1
  • Google Pixel 1
  • Google Pixel 1 XL
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Honor 8 Pro

The following devices are updated to Oreo without Project Treble

  • Google Nexus 6P
  • Google Nexus 5X
  • Google Pixel C
  • Nokia 8
  • OnePlus 3
  • OnePlus 3T
  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 5T
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Sony Xperia XZs
  • Xperia XZ Premium