Google will move to the scheme with OS upgrades adopted by Apple. This means that a major update for Android will come out more often, and participants in the beta program will always have access to new features.
Google plans to use the Apple model and launch new features to Android in beta testing as they become available, without waiting for the launch of a new version of the operating system, according to the publication Cnews, has made this conclusion on the basis of public information from Google about the release of updates for Android 7.0 Nougat.
Traditionally, Google releases a new version of Android once a year: Android 7.0 Nougat was announced in 2016, Android 6.0 Marshmallow — in 2015, Android 5.0 Lollipop in 2014, etc. After the release of a new version of the company, after a few months, typically produces a large cumulative update, and then, on an irregular basis — the smaller updates, every few months.
With the announcement of Android 7.0 Nougat Google has not stopped public beta testing of new features Android 7.0, this program is preserved. This allows us to conclude that the company intends to continue developing this version and regularly provide users with new features for testing — exactly as do Apple with Apple Beta Software Program. Major innovations to Apple, however, leaves for future versions of their operating systems iOS and OS X.
Thus, it is possible that Google will use this same scheme. Users who enjoy a first look at the new features of the platform will retain access to their test until the time when they will migrate to the final release.
It is also expected that Google will release major Android updates on a quarterly basis, that is, in General, more strict schedule than it does now. This will help to fight fragmentation, which continues to be a big problem for the Android ecosystem.