Fragmentation? Google boasts that 12 Android modules can be updated via the Play Store

Google has been trying to component Android for years to be able to develop its individual modules in parallel. During the I / O conference 2019, another success was added, which will significantly simplify servicing this system.

The open nature of Android seems to be its special advantage. Thanks to it, equipment manufacturers can build original innovations on its foundations, accelerating the development of the so-called ecosystem of android devices. Unfortunately, such fragmentation of the system on its individual producer's podversions does not affect the possibility of its quick servicing.

In theory, almost every patch or patch created by Google must then be tested and modified by the creators of EMUI, OxygenOS or other proprietary versions of Android. Fortunately, the practice looks a bit better: more and more system components can be patched without the need for these tests or significantly simplify them. Starting from the Q version, the distribution of patches will be a bit easier a second time.

Android Q with Project Mainline. More patches in the Play Store.

During Google I / O 2019, the developers of Android announced that 12 different system modules can be updated by the Play Store, bypassing completely the tests of equipment manufacturers and mobile operators, without damaging their modification. The exact list has not yet been provided, but multimedia libraries have been used as an example.

Project Mainline is basically the continuation of the initiative initiated by Project Treble in the Android Oreo system. This is intended to component the operating software and to make its individual component modules independent of each other.

Unfortunately, Project Mainline does not solve two problems.

The first one does not interest us, users from Poland. It's about the powerful Chinese market, where the Play Store does not work - although it's basically a hardware manufacturers problem for that market and their users, Google has little to do with it. Developmental updates are the second.

These will still have to be tested and processed by equipment manufacturers, Project Mainline does not allow the transition to the new Android edition without changes in the source code added from the producers. However, it is not the new features that matter most, but the reliability and security. It is time for consumers to stop having the need to find out which manufacturer is frequently patching their devices - this should not be handled because we should all receive critical patches immediately.

Project Mainline, at least in theory, solves this problem. Although probably, as in the case of Project Treble, it will be part of only those devices that will pre-installed Android Q or newer by default, and will not receive it through a possible update.

Fragmentation? Google boasts that 12 Android modules can be updated via the Play Store


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