Current Android devices won't be able to get seamless Android N updates

One of the most intriguing new features of Android N is in seamless updates, but there are a lot of questions surrounding exactly what that means for users. We've been asking around and no one can say if it will make updates faster or if we'll still have to wait through manufacturer customization and carrier testing, and then the "seamless" part comes in once the update is finally pushed out...
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21. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think you might be out of luck with the Nexus 7 2013. But hey, maybe I'm wrong.

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"But hey, maybe I'm wrong." That's not surprising.

60. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Striking out at others unprovoked is a sign of a little man angry at the world for his shortcomings. emphasis on "little man" & "shortcomings". #penis envy

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You would know all about shortcomings. I guess that's why you're so crabby all of the time. Maybe next time you shouldn't comeback so quickly. I'll wait until you're able to get that.

25. gotoAndDie

Posts: 80; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

This... really isn't Google's fault. Imagine you have two identical cars, and you want to upgrade its engine. While you were driving one of them. So, the engineers upgrade the identical copy back in the garage, so that when you come back, you can drive the upgraded one immediately. This can't be done if you only have one car to begin with, and probably all phones nowadays have only one "car", i.e. only one place to store the system. To be fair, this is not impossible to port to other phones; memory can always be repartitioned. Most of the time, though, this means having to wipe everything that had been on the phone, ever, and it would probably take another 2-3 GB out of the internal storage, which is... not good. This is just my theory on the matter. Do point out any problems.

28. Shubham412302

Posts: 552; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Dual partition will result in even low available space for the user(probably 2gb less) and its not like we get updates everyday. So this feature is not that important.

32. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The largest full OS zip file I've seen for my OnePlus One is less than 1GB, and given these seamless updates would most likely be incremental, they're probably going to be smaller in size and won't need any space more than 1GB...

31. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

IOS users are shouting as if they have this..

33. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Make update help users back up enough stuff so the amount of space they need for the second partition is available by a good bit, or simply back up everything, make an installer that installs itself and the data, resizes the partition creates new partition installs new OS? Upon install allow user to restore data, sms whatever automatically from the place they backed stuff up? Sure a little more complicated then click update but end user really doesn't need to do much, and depended on partition sizes, might not even need to back up on remote location?

41. Elfmonster unregistered

Google says once you get an N-able phone in the future, you'll be good to go... right, and then Android P will have a barrier, which doesn't matter anyhow, because Android phones don't get many updates. Google really doesn't mind shoving billions of phones into landfills.

62. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Yet another promise from Google that will probably take years if ever to reach most phones. No wonder Android is so bad on security. They never finish fixing the current OS build before they change it significantly in the next build. Then you need a new phone. Google is just greedy and really does not care about customers just about $$$$.
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