Qualcomm and Google have announced that from the Snapdragon 888 processor, smartphones will be updated for four years by their care. One way to follow them effectively in a market where manufacturers sometimes abandon them much earlier.
Buying an overpriced phone and seeing it no longer updated after two years is annoying. Many manufacturers are indeed singled out for their lack of follow-up on the software. It is this concern that Google and Qualcomm seek to counter with a new partnership. Now, from terminals equipped with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, all smartphones will be updated for four years.
This new announcement follows Google’s Treble project, which fundamentally changed the architecture of Android. It allows it to more easily update Android by differentiating it from the overlay. Thus, Google and Qualcomm will be able to make Android and security updates without necessarily waiting for the manufacturer’s approval. A way to extend the life of smartphones, sometimes abandoned after only one or two years.
Fight against planned obsolescence
These updates will be effective on Android smartphones equipped with a Qualcomm processor. The first to benefit will be the Snapdragon 888. All subsequent SoCs will be affected, whether high-end or more modest, equally used.
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So if you buy a smartphone with a Snapdragon 888 SoC and Android 11 in 2021, you will be sure that it will always be updated in 2025 and that it will benefit from Android 14 or even 15. More than that, the security patches will also be deployed.
An effective way to fight against what is called planned obsolescence. Paying a fortune for a smartphone and seeing it become completely obsolete after a while can be annoying and today, a solution has been found. It remains to be seen whether the promise will be kept.
The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm’s next high-end processor and it is expected to power smartphones such as the Galaxy S21 (US version), OnePlus 9 as well as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro.