tiptrot.com
tiptrot.com June 26, 2017


Google's "Project Trebble" will modularize Android to make updates faster

13 May 2017, 01:24 | Gerardo Harmon

The Verge

The Verge

Google is hoping to speed up this process with Project Trebble, which changes the architecture of Android.

Project Treble's updates do not seem to cater to older devices. The first thing to note is that this is a change to the low-level system architecture for the Android operating system and is meant for device manufacturers who need to implement changes to the OS version of a device as part of the update process for the software.

Android O is the foundation for the change, and it is being made in a manner to make the update cycle faster and affordable for the manufacturers. Yes, we are talking about the messy update cycle, which has got most of the Android users complaining. If device manufacturers can't get new drivers for all their components, their phone or tablet is essentially dead in the water when it comes to updates.

Quite complicated indeed. But from this point on Android will gain a "Vendor Interface" (VI), thanks to a new development effort Google calls Project Treble. It eliminates one step from the drill that would help the OEMs to deliver timely updates.

Silicon manufacturers pass the modified new release to device makers-the companies that design and manufacture Android devices.


Treble is technically a vendor interface that sits between the Android OS framework and the device-specific, lower-level software written by chipmakers. Device makers modify the new release again as needed for their devices.

It's powered by the new Vendor Test Suite (VTS) and is conceptually similar to the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), which lets developers write apps that work across devices running on different hardware from different manufacturers.

According to the post, it's the interface that gives developers access to "hardware-specific features of Android".

But instead of apps, Treble will work to ensure that all the chips inside of phones function properly when Google releases the latest version of Android.

It's likely we'll hear more about this at Google I/O next week.



Other News

Trending Now

I'm not clever enough for that! - Vettel laughs off Hamilton mind games
Raikkonen's session looked to have come to a premature end when the Finn was told to box as "we have an engine problem". Wolff said Mercedes has to get used to this new scenario after dominating the series for the last three seasons.

The Roundup-Jazz 95, Warriors 121
Just so happens that the Warriors and the Cavaliers have not met their match yet in their respective conferences. Warriors coach Steve Kerr remains out after having a spinal cord leak procedure at Duke University on Friday.

Sen. Manchin Says Trump-Backed Healthcare Bill Hurts W.Va.
Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) said. "By the way, we're a long ways from having a product completed", Rounds said, one week after the U.S. Along with trying to bully Republicans into supporting the new version, according to the New York Times Trump is lying about it.

British hospitals hit by suspected 'ransomeware' cyber attack
The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center says it's working with both the digital office of the NHS and law enforcement. The hackers are reportedly exploiting a critical vulnerability (MS17-010) that first received a patch on 14 March.

McConnell: GOP Healthcare Bill Will Be Simple Majority Vote in Senate
The long-running US health care debate now moves to the Senate, where the fate of the repeal effort is uncertain. She says a high-risk pool in ME worked only because it had a clear source of funding.

Rajnath holds review meeting with CMs in Maoist-affected states
Singh also said the Maoists could not be dealt with only by force but by long-term and short-term solutions. He also called for increased use of technology in security operations and to counter left-wing extremism.

Gang Members Arrested in US Nationwide Crackdown
ICE's anti-gang initiative has led to more than 47,000 gang-related arrests since it began in 2005, officials said. Eight of the MS-13 members caught crossed the border as unaccompanied minors, according to the release.

Iraqi forces move to surround Mosul's Old City, held by IS
A major offensive launched in October to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, has also made steady gains. Roughly 400,000 of those are from the western side of the city which is bisected by the River Tigris.

May admits energy bills could still rise despite cap pledge
Though the cap does equal a freeze, the policy announcement and reasons behind it - the UK's soaring energy prices - are the same. The proposed Tory cap would be introduced on standard variable tariffs, which around 70% of households are on.

Comey Should Lead US Senate's Russia Probe - Intelligence Committee Member
The move sparked immediate accusations of political interference, with Republicans as well as Democrats expressing dismay. The spokeswoman said that Sessions and Rosenstein came to Trump at a meeting on Monday with concerns about Comey.