• Google Will Enforce Seamless Updates From Android 11 Forward

    1 month ago - By Android Headlines

    Google will be forcing Samsung and other OEMs to provide users with seamless updates starting with Android 11. That's thanks to a policy change that the company is reportedly enforcing with regards to a partitioning feature added back in 2016. Specifically, the company will now force OEMs from Android 11 onward to utilize A/B virtual partitioning to enable seamless updates.
    In effect, the feature creates both an inactive and active Android partition on a given handset - partitions 'A' and 'B'. The inactive portion, during an update, is filled with the latest firmware. Then, the OS...
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  • Chrome 81 goes live with support for AR and NFC

    Chrome 81 goes live with support for AR and NFC

    1 month ago - By Tech Radar

    After being delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Google has finally released Chrome 81 with support for WebXR and initial support the Web NFC standard. The update was initially planned to be much larger but a number of features were dropped from the Chrome 81 release such as a UI redesign of Chrome's web form elements and the removal of support for the TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 encryption protocols. The UI redesign didn't make it in to Chrome 81 because Google's engineers were not able to put the finishing touches on it in time. However, the new form controls are now scheduled to be...
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  • OTA update feature not found on Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G could be used on next year's models

    OTA update feature not found on Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G could be used on next year's models

    1 month ago - By Phone Arena

    No one likes having to be without the use of their phone even if it's for just 20-30 minutes. With that in mind, back in 2016 with Android 7 Nougat, Google made OTA updates to Android phones more seamless through the use of A/B partitions. This allows some partitions to be copied and inactive partitions to be updated in the background. Rebooting the phone changes their status to active. However, Google did not make this mandatory so many handsets, even the , does not update in this fashion.
    Here it is again in English. With the A/B partition, your phone would have ...
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  • Google makes seamless update support mandatory in Android 11

    Google makes seamless update support mandatory in Android 11

    1 month ago - By Ars Technica

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    Google is putting new rules in place for Android 11: it's going to make support for Android's "seamless update" feature mandatory for devices launching with the new OS. The news comes to us via an Android source code commit first spotted by XDA Developers , which reads, "Require Virtual A/B on R launches." In English, this means the seamless update system, which requires two partitions , will be required on Android R, aka Android 11.
    Android's seamless update system was introduced in Android 7.0 Nougat as a way to reduce the downtime caused by OS updates and to offer a recovery...
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