Google starts rolling out Android updates via Play Store

Google starts rolling out Android updates via Play Store
What started as a rumor last week has now become a certainty, as Google is now rolling out Android Q beta updates through Play Store. The main benefit is that you'll now find Android updates much easier, or let's say that they will find you faster and easier than before.

A couple of Pixel users have taken to Reddit to confirm their Android Q beta updates have arrived via Google Play Store. Those with Pixel phones that run the previous Android Q beta build should start receiving notifications like the ones you usually get for an app update. Once the update is downloaded and installed, your phone will restart automatically.

Aside from the fact that the whole process of find and downloading an update is quicker and easier, it's also faster than previous updates. We doubt the new update method will become available to those using phones other than Pixels anytime soon, but we can safely assume that Google will reveal in-depth details about how it's done in early May at Google I/O.

If Google pushes for the standardization of the Android OS updates via Play Store, it could mean a more user-friendly method of updating your phone, but it certainly doesn't guarantee that these important updates will be released faster and at the same time for everyone.



1. Rager722 unregistered

Does this mean that we don't have to wait for carriers like Verizon or TMobile to send out updates?

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I'm wondering about that too.

3. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Google should do this for OS updates for ALL phones instead of taking up to a year for manufacturers and carriers to release the updates

4. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's more complicated than just pushing an update, but that battle has been hashed out many many times here.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think this change is preparing us for some Project Treble-like progress. Or it is just to make it easier for consumers to upgrade vs going settings > about > ... > ....

6. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Now this is a good way to leverage Treble. One can only hope it reduces the gap between OS releases and actual updates.

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