For nearly two years now, Project Treble has served as a source of hope and inspiration for the Android faithful — a magical-seeming fix for a long-standing source of frustration.

Unveiled in the spring of 2017, Project Treble is Google's most ambitious effort ever to rethink the structure of Android, as an operating system, and break the software down in some wild new ways — all with the aim of making it easier for phone-makers to get OS updates out to their devices in a reasonably timely manner. Android upgrades have been a major pain point on the platform practically since the start, and despite all of Google's previous efforts, manufacturers just keep getting worse at providing post-sales software support to their highest-paying customers.

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