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Want stock Android Pie on your device? This developer has a solution
- A developer has revealed an Android Pie system image that runs on a variety of devices.
- The system image works on devices that have Qualcomm, MediaTek, Exynos and HiSilicon chipsets.
- To install the system image, you’ll need a Project Treble-enabled device with an unlocked bootloader.
Google’s Project Treble framework for Android has made it easier for manufacturers to update their phones. In fact, devices with Project Treble should be able to run a generic system image (GSI) — essentially a stock Android ROM based on AOSP.
Now, developer phhusson (h/t: XDA-Developers) has created a GSI based on Android Pie, capable of running on a variety of devices and chipsets. At least 13 devices are confirmed to run the Android Pie image already, including the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, Moto E5, OnePlus 5, and Cubot X18 Plus.
But the best part is the fact that these 13 devices span four chipset vendors, namely Qualcomm, MediaTek, HiSilicon, and Exynos. This is a refreshing change from typical custom ROM development, which usually targets Qualcomm chipsets due to a reputation for better developer support.
What you should know before installing
The developer’s GSI isn’t ideal for those seeking an Android Pie ROM for daily usage, as Google Mobile Services aren’t installed and there are a few lingering issues (mainly with NFC and tethering). But it’s still a fantastic testament to the Project Treble framework and ROM community.
To get started with the installation process, your device needs to have an unlocked bootloader and Project Treble. In the case of the latter, you’ll have Project Treble if your phone launched with Android Oreo or it received the framework as part of an Android Oreo update. Unfortunately, the likes of the Galaxy S8, LG V30, HTC U11, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium aren’t compatible as they received Oreo but no Project Treble.
Nevertheless, if your device meets the requirements and you don’t mind a couple of teething problems, this could be the project for you. This is especially true if you own a device from a niche brand that doesn’t update its phones.