Android phones have always had a more laissez-faire approach to new version updates than iOS devices – while iPhones bug you with annoying notifications and reminders to update, Android phones rarely let you know a new update is available .
However, it seems that Google is introducing an Android feature to make updating your device a lot easier or more accurate, making an existing feature mandatory on all Android phones. Mishaal Rahman – a big name in the phone software game – has written a blog post on Esper (opens in new tab) say that in Android 13, the Seamless Updates feature will become mandatory.
Seamless updates is a feature that allows new Android version updates to be downloaded in the background; so your phone doesn’t have to be out of action for long while downloading (well, except for a brief moment while it reboots).
The feature was introduced a few years ago, but only for certain Android phones (such as Google’s own Pixels), and many Android phone manufacturers have decided not to use the feature. However, that will soon change.
According to Rahman, Android 13 requires seamless updates, so any phone manufacturer that makes its own fork of the software (like Samsung’s One UI or OnePlus’ OxygenOS) will have to offer helpful background updates. In theory, this would mean that every new Android phone will get this feature.
The convenience this would bring should encourage more people to update their Android phones – the fact that the device is being taken out of service while the update is being downloaded is likely to prevent many handset users from running the latest version of the operating system. which means they have all the new features and security patches that such updates bring.
Analysis: iOS can learn a thing or two
So it sounds like Android updates are about to get a lot more convenient, and when this Android 13 feature comes out, getting future updates might require very little input on your part.
Apple could really learn from this and take a similar approach to iOS; because upgrading to newer versions can be quite tedious.
The company’s devices are happy to nag you to update, often promising that they’ll do it automatically overnight when your device is plugged in, but then doesn’t deliver. And iOS updates can also take a staggeringly long time.
Apple needs to follow Google’s lead to make updates easier – sure, the nagging is getting people to get the new iOS version soon, but there’s got to be a less tedious way to make sure the best iPhones are up to date. stay.