Android 13 gets demanding with updates

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An OTA arrives on your phone, the update starts to download. Phone reboots and stays “updating apps” for a few minutes that, depending on the number of apps you have installed, can last forever. To tackle this problem, Google introduced calls seamless updatesa function that has been present since Android Nougat 7.0 and that most manufacturers have implemented over these five years.

Among the few manufacturers that remain without this type of update using A/B partitions is Samsung, which still does not implement the seamless updates and it has a quite slow process when it comes to updating. This would be about to changeand it is that mobile phones with Android 13 will have to support this type of update without interruption, according to the latest information about it.

The end of slow updates?

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Before the advent of A/B partition updates, the system update process was quite slow. The OTA file was downloaded with the relevant changes. Once the file was downloaded, the mobile was restarted and, during this process, the system was updated for a few minutes, leaving us unable to use it. If the customization layer was heavy, it was not difficult to find updates of 10 or 15 minutes.

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To fix this, A/B partitions were implemented. As they explain in Xataka Androidphones with this type of implementation have duplicate partitions (A/B). So that? So that the changes that come with the updates are executed in the inactive partition, while we use the phone with the active one. At the time of rebooting the phone, the system changes the partitions (the active one becomes the inactive one that is updated, and the inactive one becomes the active one).

This makes updates much faster. Similarly, in the event that the OTA that has reached us has some problems, it’s much easier to go back to a previous version. Manufacturers have been implementing the fastest updates, through A/B partitions, but Samsung is one of those who resists this.

The information from the tests necessary to obtain the certifications that manufacturers need to include Google services in their phones now indicates that support for this type of update is mandatory, an essential requirement to certify Android 13 with Google services.

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An OTA arrives on your phone, the update starts to download. Phone reboots and stays “updating apps” for a few…

An OTA arrives on your phone, the update starts to download. Phone reboots and stays “updating apps” for a few…

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