Android, Google‘s popular mobile operating system, has a significant chunk in the smartphone operating system market. It’s very well known for it’s user-friendly nature and open sourced platform but its open source nature has had a huge loophole. The biggest problem is the lack of timely OS or security update support from Smartphone brands other than Google. Google has been trying its best to address such clefts by introducing programs like that of Project Treble which will help smartphone brands to release the latest version of Android for their smartphones without having to change their own coding layer significantly. Yes, Project Treble had improved the atleast some part of scenario in the market as expected by showing some signs of a few smartphone brands releasing updates much faster than before but the overall implementation levels of this change by several other smartphone manufacturers had never impressed Google.
So the next big change by Google could actually address this very issue in a far more direct or user-friendly way rather than that of the smartphone manufacturers way. The latest beta version of the Google Play Store has some lines of code which hinted at some forthcoming features making way for faster OS updates. The version 14.5.52 of the Play Store, contains several lines of code related to downloading and installing a “System Update”. A “System Update” in terms of Google’s for atleast Pixel, Android One and other devices relates to a full fledged operating system upgrade. This indicates that software updates in the future could arrive in the form of APK’S or packages just like how it happens for other apps.
If these strings indeed refer to OS updates then it could mean that users will be able to directly download and install new versions of Android from the Play Store itself.