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Samsung is finally adding a great Android feature to the Galaxy

Although Google is in charge of Android, it can’t (or just doesn’t want to) keep the producers in its grip – instead it gives them a lot of freedom, which sometimes (from a user’s point of view) has negative consequences. This is why Samsung was able to hesitate for so long to implement one of the coolest features of the green robot system in One UI.

A very useful Android feature is finally coming to Samsung smartphones and tablets

In an interview with the Android Authority, Hyesoon (Sally) Jeong, vice president of Samsung Electronics and responsible for the One UI interface, revealed that the implementation is in progress Seamless updates (half. Hassle-free updates) in One UI and expressed hope that this would be possible in One UI 6, which we expect to launch in Q4 2023.

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It is worth remembering that in September there were reports that Google could force manufacturers to implement it Seamless updatessince new Android 13 devices need to support virtual A/B partition (which is a key feature to boot Seamless updates) – otherwise you will not get a license for Google Mobile Services.

At the same time, despite the need for support for the virtual A/B partition, there is no obligation to implement it Seamless updates. It’s hard to say why manufacturers are fighting back with arms and legs when the technology was announced back in 2016 and is available on every Google Pixel smartphone.

Since Samsung plans to implement it in One UI 6, that means it will take up to 7 years to do so. However, if Google doesn’t mandate all Android users with GMS to do so, it may be one of the first “hesitating” manufacturers to do so at some point. From this perspective we can say “only 7 years” and not “until”. Still, it’s definitely too long.

What are seamless updates?

Seamless updates They refer to the way the device software is updated. For most devices, the update can be downloaded when the user uses it, but during the installation, the user has to switch to a mode that prevents its use for a few minutes on average.

It cannot be said that it is a major inconvenience, but Google has proven that it can be avoided. As mentioned, Google supports Pixel smartphones Seamless updates since 2016. This installs new software in the background on an inactive partition (A or B) – you just have to restart the device to use it.

Seamless updates However, in addition to being more convenient, they also offer greater security because, among other things, they contain a mechanism that detects when the update has failed and therefore the device cannot boot properly – in this case, the operating system update is rolled back. With the “classic” update scheme, this is not possible – if something goes wrong, you will have to reinstall the system (for example, on duty), which will result in the loss of all data from memory.

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