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    August 18, 2017

    Android O will stream updates to smartphones, even if onboard storage is full

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    Google has outed a new update scheme that will see smartphones running Android O able to upgrade even if their onboard storage has been filled.

    Most of us living life with an Android smartphone with a smaller storage capacity have usually experience the frustration of running out of storage space, and Google has now revealed that it has developed a clever new feature that will redress the problem in the forthcoming release of Android O.

    According to the latest Android source documentation, Google has developed a new feature dubbed Seamless Updates – the setup, according to documentation, will introduce a dual system partition, meaning that users will be able to use their device on ‘System A’ while updates are applied to ‘System B’.

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    The end emphasis means two important things; firstly, users won’t need to wait out the period while their phone updates – instead, users will need to quickly reboot their device once an installation has finished and then carry on with their day-to-day.

    Secondly – and perhaps, most importantly – the feature will enable update data to arrive directly to the “B” partition in a boot-ready state; Android updates will bypass the need to store and then unpack files in a bid that will see updates that have traditionally consumed 1GB of storage space only take up some 100KB for metadata.

    While the feature specifically points to general Android updates, there’s no word as to whether Google’s Play Services will leverage the feature. Certainly – should Google choose to leverage the change – Seamless Updates could serve to deliver speedy updates to users; a feat that will make app developers most happy indeed.

    Perhaps the only downside to Seamless Updates is that the feature is an option (rather than a mandatory issue) for device manufacturers to include; meaning that only specific Android phones may support the scheme in the months ahead.

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    What are your thoughts? Should Google pursue Seamless Updates more aggressively? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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