Xiaomi Mi 5 unofficially gets Project Treble compatibility

(Xiaomi)Official product render for the Xiaomi Mi 5 handset.

One of the most important elements of the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update is Project Treble, as it helps facilitate updates in an easier and faster way in terms of rolling out to different devices. One of Xiaomi's devices from 2016, incidentally, received compatibility for Project Treble, which should get prospective buyers of the smartphone excited.

According to a report from XDA, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has received Project Table compatibility, though unofficially. The development comes a bit of a surprise, as the requirement states that all android phones that will be launched with the Android 8.0 Oreo and thereafter, should offer Project Treble support.

Interestingly, older Android phones are not required to support Project Treble, which is a detriment, as users will be missing some of its key benefits. The XDA report that the main advantage of Project Treble is the ability for flash a Generic System Image (GSI) of AOSP Android Oreo without having to use any kernel modifications.

As for the benefits of Project Treble on the Mi 5, the device will receive two partitions, namely, the system and the vendor. The former carries the GSI while the latter brings device-specific files that are required to boot and run the phone. Meanwhile, Gizmochina reported that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro may also support Project Treble, as it may receive the Android 8.1 Oreo soon.

In other Xiaomi news, CNBC reported that the Chinese tech company is preparing for its entry into the U.S. market, as it begins to build up its resources. "We always look seriously at the U.S. market. The U.S. market is very important to us but we are very, very carefully building our resources to serve the U.S. consumer," said Xiaomi's international business head, Wang Xiang in an interview with CNBC.

The Xiaomi boss noted, however, that for the company to successfully penetrate the U.S. market, it must first do some "customizations." Wang said that the smartphone landscape in the U.S. is very much different, as consumers normally go through different carriers where they pay for contracts to secure their devices.