Even if you’re not an Android user, you’ve most likely heard the big news by now: Google will soon release a new version of its famous operating system, even though the current version, Android 7 Nougat, hasn’t even reached 10% of all existing Android devices in the world. This might seem a bit premature on the part of the Mountain View tech giant, but keep in mind that the project is still being developed.
Yep, we’re talking about Android O, which will most likely stand for Android 8 Oreo if rumors are true. And the plans behind it are grand. Google aims to bring out some never seen before features with this new version of the OS (or at least never seen before on Android). But perhaps one of the most exciting features that the company plans to implement has to do with the way it rolls out updates to its partner devices.
It’s no secret that, when it comes to rolling out updates for new version of their respective operating system, Apple has always had the upper hand over Google. And while it’s true that Android hold control of most of the market for mobile device operating systems, the slow and tedious updating process cannot be excused by that. The main thing to blame for these issues is update fragmentation.
There are a lot of processes that need to precede the update being rolled out to various phones, such as compatibility testing, code rewriting and others. However, with Android O, Google plans to fix this by cutting out the middle man and sending the update out directly through the Android OS framework, meaning that all phones will get it almost at the same time. That sounds pretty exciting, but is it too good to be true? Only time will tell.