Android Q is still in development, and it looks like Google plans to add some interesting features. Google Pixel owners have access to the beta version of the upcoming OS, and some users discovered that Google might be testing a new way to deliver Android updates.
A few threads surfaced on popular platforms, with select users stating that they received some updates via the download manager feature of the Google Play app. Until now firmware updates could be accessed by using the Settings app and the change may raise some interesting questions.
The new feature may seem a bit odd since it’s different from the usual standard used by the industry. It is believed that the new update protocol would allow the tech corporation to release the updates directly, eliminating the annoying delays which are often caused by OEM and carriers. Faster updates sound good in theory, but there is more to them than the delivery time.
In Android Q Beta, Google tests a new method to deliver Android updates
Many Android users don’t know that updates arrive at a slower pace because manufacturers and carriers have to check how the update interacts with the device before it is released for everyone. Google tried to speed up the process in the past with Project Treble and the A/B Seamless update protocol, but some believe that the rate at which updates are released can be improved.
If the updates aren’t optimized for the device there a high risk of facing major bugs and problems and a bricked device isn’t exactly fun to use.
Select sources claim that some Pixel devices restarted immediately after these updates were installed. No prompts appeared during the process, which appears to be automatic. It is likely that power users will not appreciate this implementation since it takes away some of the freedom provided by the OS.
There is plenty of time to refine the feature before Android Q will become available and it may not make it to the final version. Only time will tell.
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