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Google Releases the First Android System Update on Google Play Store

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Google Releases the First Android System Update on Google Play Store 

Google has started testing out a new Android system update distribution system that relies on the Google Play Store and not on the built-in update feature of each device.

Google has started testing out a new Android system update distribution system that relies on the Google Play Store and not on the built-in update feature of each device.

The most recent Android Q beta update for the Google Pixel is thus available from the Google Play Store, just like a typical app update, as per this reddit discussion.

Android uses different update mechanisms for apps and the operating system. While firmware and system updates are shipped to devices through a dedicated update tool implemented (and customized) by each manufacturer, app updates are delivered via the Google Play store and are managed by Google.

Beginning with this update, and possibly with the stable release of Android Q later in the summer, Android system updates could also make their way to the Google Play Store.

This technically means that OS updates could be released to Android devices faster than before, though it remains to be seen how Google would manage carrier and manufacturer policies for each update.Dealing with slow updatesTimely updates on Android is currently one of the biggest problems of the platform, as companies typically release system updates and the monthly security patches several weeks or even months after Google makes them available for its devices.

With the Google Play Store model, the search giant could try to tackle this problem, though again, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how this strategy aligns with the plans of other manufacturers.

The new implementation is still in its early days, and users claim their devices are rebooted automatically after the updates are downloaded. No prompt is displayed to require permission for a device restart, but there’s no doubt such a feature would be added by the time the new feature makes its way to production devices.

Further details are expected to be shared by Google in just a few weeks at Google’s I/O developer conference, and in the meantime, you can try out the new update distribution system by entering the Android Q beta program.
 
 
 

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DKT27

This is a good thing. But should not be made limited to just Google phones though.

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