‘Seamless updates’, first launched again in 2016 and arrived on each Google Pixel telephone, permits for firmware updates to be put in to a secondary partition whereas the telephone stays in use. This eliminates downtime between firmware updates to a single reboot, after which the secondary partition turns into the principle one and the replace has already accomplished. This additionally acts as a failsafe in case an replace goes flawed – the system can fall again on the earlier partition.
Replace notification on a Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely
Google has backed off on this requirement because it’s now not within the Android CDD (Compatibility Definition Doc). The CDD acts as a suggestion for Android OEMs and lists what Google requires from OEMs for his or her units to be appropriate with the most recent model of Android.
It’s presumed that the requirement was backed off by strain from OEMs like Samsung, who’s newest Galaxy S21 smartphones do not need the framework to assist seamless updates. Android Police has confirmed that the brand new Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely doesn’t assist the function. Whereas Google had previously planned to require the function, it’s now talked about within the CDD that OEMs “SHOULD” assist a/b system updates. The “a” and “b” seek advice from the equivalent partitions that alternate between firmware updates.
With out seamless updates, an Android gadget might want to spend a number of minutes of downtime on a bootloader display screen, with out the flexibility to make use of any functions or make any telephone calls, even of the emergency variety. Samsung’s reasoning for delaying such a function is unknown.