OnePlus users start a petition urging company to support Project Treble on their smartphones

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 12 Dec 2017
OnePlus users start a petition urging company to support Project Treble on their smartphones
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The petition was created 3 weeks ago on Change.org and over 13,000 people have signed it already. Project Treble is Google's attempt at speeding up Android updates.

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OnePlus recently announced that their smartphones will not support Project Treble as they didn't want to risk bricking them. Finding the stated reason unsatisfactory, a OnePlus user has started a petition on Change.org urging the company to support Project Treble on their devices or provide a detailed explanation for not doing so. The petition was started three weeks ago and over 13,000 people have already signed it. 

Project Treble is Google's attempt at speeding up Android updates. It works by separating the system partition from the vendor partition. It does so to separate vendor code from the core Android framework which allows the core Android code to be updated without affecting the vendor’s partition. 

Last week in an AMA on its forums, a staff member said, “Recently, we received requests from users and community members, some of which signed a Change.org petition to support Project Treble on the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. Project Treble is a really exciting technology, but it is not the right fit for us now.” Explaining further he said, “Because partitions were not required of Android N and previous versions of Android, all of our current devices do not feature a partition. According to our tests, if we were to modify the partition layout via OTA there is a risk that devices will brick during the partitioning.”

As the OnePlus member said, it is indeed risky for the company to repartition existing devices now as it could brick the smartphones and there’s also a small chance of data loss. However, OnePlus has always touted itself to be a consumer-oriented smartphone manufacturer and with an enthusiast-based customer base, they could bring Project Treble on their smartphones. However, It should be noted that while Project Treble does speed up software updates, an OEM could still be fast from its own end.

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