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How to find out if your Android phone supports Project Treble

The acceptance rate has been slow for Project Treble, Google’s solution to the issue of software fragmentation. Since Project Treble directly determines how quickly and how often your Android OEM will be able to offer software updates, it is a useful tool to have on your mobile device.

But since Android OEMs don’t explicitly mention what devices are supported by Project Treble with the Android 8.0 Oreo, you have to take the matter into your own hands. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to find out if your Android phone supports Project Treble, and we’re here to walk you through it.

Step 1: Download and install the Termux app

In order to find out whether your Android supports Project Treble, you’ll need to dive into the file system of your device. This can be done easily with the help of a terminal emulator app called Termux. The best part is that you don’t need to root your Android device in order to use the Termux app.

does my device support treble?
does my device support treble?

→ Download Termux app from the Google Play Store

Step 2: Using Termux to find Project Treble support

Once you have the Termux app installed on your Android device go ahead and launch it. Using the terminal window, type in the following command and hit Enter:

getprop ro.treble.enabled

On devices like the Essential Phone, you’ll find that the command returns the message “true”, meaning that Project Treble is supported. One non-supported device like the OnePlus 3T, you will see that the command returns the message “false”.

Apart from this method, you can also spot a Project Treble enabled device through the file manager. If the root directory of the device has a separate partition named “Vendor”, this is a sign that your Android device supports Project Treble.

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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in college, Husain moved on to his true calling of being a tech geek through and through. While briefly being persuaded by the iPhone, he made it back to the Android camp with the OnePlus One and has been a loyal comrade since.