The fragmentation on Android OS still leaves a lot to be desired but sincere efforts have been made over the past couple of years by Google and its partners to reduce fragmentation on its platform. As part of those efforts, Qualcomm today announced that it supports “fast commercial availability” of Android P, the next major update for Android. What that basically means is that the chipmaker will help bring Android P to more devices sooner.
Qualcomm has worked with Google to implement Android P on select Snapdragon chips. The early access to Android P enabled Qualcomm to optimize its software on Snapdragon 845, 660, and 636 SoCs to ensure that OEMs would be ready to upgrade to Android P at the time of launch.
This will surely go a long way in enabling many manufacturers to quickly roll out Android P on their devices given the fact that Qualcomm supplies chips to quite a lot of OEMs that make Android-powered smartphones.
Some of those OEMs that source chips from Qualcomm include Oppo, Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi. They have already announced that they will make the developer preview of Android P available on their devices. Xiaomi also has plans to support the latest release on its Mi MIX 2S and OnePlus on its upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship.
Android P is going to be released later this year but Google has launched a public beta program for it today.