Android OS has been plagued with the fragmentation issue, and a majority of smartphones usually miss out on timely software updated. To fix the issue, Google introduced Project Treble which separates original vendor implementation from Android OS framework. As a result, Google expects faster roll-out of software updates, and the benefits can already be seen. At the I/O 2018 conference, Google announced Android P Beta for Pixel and select non-Pixel smartphones.
The Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, Vivo X21, X21 UD, and Essential PH-1 are among the first non-Pixel smartphones to get the update. To make it possible, Qualcomm partnered Google to get early software access and streamline the implementation of Android P for Snapdragon silicon.
As of now, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 636 chipsets have been optimized. The Essential PH-1 is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, but it runs on stock Android, making it possible for the company to roll-out the software update for the smartphone.
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The Vivo X21 and Nokia 7 Plus are powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC, and have already gained Android P Beta support, and next in line could be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone 5, and Zenfone Max Pro M1 that run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, the AndroidSoul reports. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 additionally has a near-stock Android UI as well.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro are currently among the most popular mid-range smartphones in India, and Android P Beta support will give users one more reason to pick one of them.