Android 8.0 version for several reasons is most-anticipated Android version in the history. Until the final developer preview there was little to no feature addition seen but today leaks shows one of the great feature of Android 8.0 update.
Folks at Ars Technica spotted few changes in the new Android documentation for Seamless system updates. This new feature borrowed from ChromeOS, allows users to install monthly Android security updates even when your device has no internal space. Earlier the you were required to free up space on your device in order to carry out the OTA update.
Seamless system update feature is already available on the Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. With this feature you can even use your device during an update and doesn’t require cache partition to store OTA update packages.
This move by Android developers is to help Google devices beat Apple’s record of running the latest the software updates faster by installing it’s monthly security updates faster. As per records, 95% of Pixel owners were running the latest security patches, which is 8% improvements as compared to Nexus users. That’s great.
Currently, seamless updates uses two sets of bootable partitions – slot A and slot B. One of the slot contains active partitions and other slot has unused partitions. In case of failure of updates, active partition will be restored.
In the next Android update, i.e., Android 8.0, Google will add ‘Streaming updates‘ feature to seamless update system, which will address the issue where-in device lacks storage space.
How it will be carried out is still unknown but neither users nor system will require space to download update package.
The next Android version happens to be Android P, which was released by Google at Google I/O 2018 event.