Google and Qualcomm working to get Android P to phones with Snapdragon processors more quickly

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When a new version of Android is released, many users begin to wonder when they’ll be updated to that new version. When it comes to Android P, Google and Qualcomm are working to ensure that users get updated more quickly.

Google and Qualcomm are working together to make it easier for device makers to get their phones updated to Android P. Qualcomm says that the two companies are creating a common development infrastructure to make Android P more accessible on Snapdragon platforms.

Devices with the Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 660, and Snapdragon 636 chipsets will benefit from Google and Qualcomm’s efforts. Qualcomm touts that devices with these processors should have access to Android P up to 12 weeks earlier than they would have before. Support for additional chipsets is expected in the future.

It’s well-known at this point that it takes some time for the latest version of Android to be pushed to a significant number of users. Android 8.0 was first released to the public in August 2017, and nine months later, both 8.0 and 8.1 are only on 5.7 percent of all Android devices. While Qualcomm and Google’s effort won’t impact every single phone, it will help quite a few models, including flagship devices with the Snapdragon 845. Here’s to hoping that we end up seeing real benefits from this collaboration and that we see faster Android P updates when the final version is released later this year.



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