While the first beta version of Android P is currently readily available for a number of devices, Qualcomm has announced so it has worked with Google to create a “streamlined implementation of Android P” for devices running on the Snapdragon number of processors. This new move will make it easier for device manufacturers to speedily deliver the newest Android version because of their Snapdragon hardware. The list of Snapdragon SoCs which can be optimised for Android P includes Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 660, and Snapdragon 636.The chip maker has mainly leveraged Project Treble, that is aimed to provide faster Android updates by separating the hardware code from the core OS code.
For end-users, the Google-Qualcomm collaboration over Android P means a great deal since it is expected to result in the arrival of software updates faster than before. Evidence of the newest development can already be seen with the Android P Beta that’s already readily available for a variety of non-Google Pixel devices, including Essential PH-1, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21, Vivo X21 UD, and Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S.All these are notably powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs. However, there’s no certainty on the accessibility to Android P on devices besides Pixel series.
“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, in a shared statement while announcing the modern development. “Through our strengthened relationship, Google and Qualcomm Technologies are set to expand industry for Android and ensure it is easier for OEMs to launch devices predicated on Snapdragon mobile platforms.”
Qualcomm highlights that its partnership with Google will accelerate the accessibility to key new Android P features, including multi-camera support, display cutout support, indoor navigation, and HDR, among others.
“We’re excited to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies on a streamlined implementation of Android P for Snapdragon silicon, so device manufacturers will bring the newest Android innovations to developers and consumers faster,” said Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering, Google, in the statement.
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