October 3, 2022
Phones coming with Android 13 may require seamless updates: Mishaal Rahman


Android 13 is now rolling out for Pixel smartphones and OEMs are already working on updating their handsets with the latest Android software. However, it looks like these companies will have to adopt the “seamless update” feature for the new handsets, which ship with Android 13, if they want to get the GMS (Google Mobile Services) license. Samsung is one of the major OEMs that is yet to implement seamless updates on its smartphones. It should be noted that this feature has been available since the launch of the first Google Pixel smartphone in 2017.

according to a blog post By Mishal Rahman, Senior Technical Editor at Esper, Android 13’s virtual A/B mandate will bring seamless updates to more handsets that use Google’s Android operating system. In the case of non-A/B systems, Android shuts down and boots into a dedicated recovery environment to install the update. Meanwhile, in A/B format, OTA updates are downloaded and applied in the background while Android is running. After a quick reboot, the OS update is complete.

Another advantage of seamless updates is that they can be paused or resumed by the user as per his convenience. You also get a built-in “failsafe” feature that will allow you to roll back to the previous OS version in case the update goes bad. These are some of the things Google has updated in the first generation Pixel smartphones since the launch of Seamless Updates, while minimizing some of the downsides. It has become even more important to protect your smartphone by installing security patches to patch known vulnerabilities targeted by sophisticated cyber attacks.

Rahman says that A/B updates are better than non-A/B updates. However, the downside is the large amount of storage required to implement the OTA update. He says a “virtual” A/B system solves the storage problem. Although the storage required is still higher than non-A/B options when applying OTA updates, it is less than required for A/B systems.

is samsung yet to adopt Seamless updates for your smartphone. If the seamless update becomes mandatory, Samsung will have to implement it as soon as possible in the form of its rumored Galaxy S23 smartphone series. The South Korean company has improved its record in the software update department, regularly releasing monthly updates for its handsets – especially the flagship models.


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