The system updates chapter remains the Achilles Heel of the Android universe. While brands are starting to improve in this regard, Google believes there is still more to do to improve this experience.
With the arrival of Android 13 on the market, the American company will implement a new way to update equipment. As of this version, support for a feature called “Seamless Updates” will be mandatory.
Google wants Android updates to happen in the background
The mentioned functionality allows you to streamline the way major updates are installed on compatible devices. In practice, these will be installed in the background, often without the user noticing.
This feature was released to the market with Android 7 in 2016. Since then, most manufacturers have ignored this option, with the Pixel line being perhaps the only one to support this update method.
Now, as Mishaal Rahman advances, Google will make “Seamless Updates” mandatory on all devices with Android 13. It means that brands, namely Samsung, will be forced to adopt this system on their equipment if they want official certification for use of Google services.
From the user’s perspective, this novelty only brings advantages. With it, Android installations will take place in the background, which means that you can continue to use your smartphone while this process takes place.
That’s the end of those minutes of waiting while the new version of Android is being installed. The entire process will take place in the background, with the possibility of continuing to use the equipment normally. At the end of the installation, you will only have to restart your smartphone.
Furthermore, this system allows the user to pause the installation process of any update if he so wishes. That is, it will allow greater flexibility when receiving a new version of the software.
However, for manufacturers this process entails some drawbacks. During this process, the smartphone will have to create a second partition where the new version of Android will be installed, while the user normally uses the other partition.
Once the smartphone is restarted, it will transition to the second partition where the update was installed. However, this requires more available memory space, which is the main reason why brands avoid this update system.
In short, the way is paved for a profound change in the way updates are installed on our smartphones. What matters most is the user’s perspective and, in this case, the process will become much more flexible and less boring.
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