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  • Google will force all smartphone manufacturers to change the Android update scheme

    One of the problems of Android users remains the inability to install fresh firmware versions with insufficient free memory. Another change to the update distribution policy published by Google has warned smartphone manufacturers to support the seamless update feature that fixes the situation. "Violators" may be left without new versions of the operating system or the company's services.

    Google will force all smartphone manufacturers to change the Android update scheme

    Manufacturers will have to take care of supporting A/B virtual partition structure that allows seamless updates. This way users can get updates in "silent" mode while continuing to use the device while downloading patches and installing them. To apply updates, you only need to restart the gadget once after installing all the necessary files.

    Using this algorithm also allows you to avoid problems and failures in the device after downloading the next patch — all changes first occur in the backup area, and not in the current system. Previously, the use of such a structure was only advisory in nature. But judging by the changes in the VTS policy, with the release of Android 11 and later versions of the mobile OS, the transition to "two-system mode" will become mandatory for all vendors who plan to support Google services and apps on their devices.

    The seamless update feature is already implemented by many brands, including OnePlus, LG, HTC, Motorola, Google, ASUS, and Sony. The release date for the final version of Android 11 has not yet been announced by developers.

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