Google is seemingly making it easier to find and download Android OS updates

Google is seemingly making it easier to find and download Android OS updates
While a few specific Android device vendors have earned great praise of late for their Pie update tempo and the stability of the new software running on new and old phones, the so-called OS fragmentation issue doesn't seem to be getting any better on the whole.

Even though Google has stopped refreshing its official Android distribution stats with no warning or explanation last fall, it's pretty obvious ambitious initiatives like Project Treble haven't made a major difference in the overall speed of OS promotion rollouts. But perhaps a smaller change could soon help smartphone manufacturers deliver faster "system updates" through a revised channel.

Instead of having to initiate these OS updates from a phone's settings menu, Android users are likely to get a download option directly in the Play Store. That's at least according to a number of (not-so-subtle) references discovered by the folks over at 9To5Google in the source code of a new Google Play version. Of course, the actual Play Store system update functionality is not available yet, and there's no telling when the feature is supposed to go live. It might even never materialize, as the search giant often tests things internally without releasing them to the masses.

But although we're naturally light on specifics, this sounds like a very good idea from at least one key standpoint. With the new feature, users would be able to update both their apps and underlying operating system in one place rather than digging through various settings screens for the latter process, which some people may not know when or how to do properly. That minor convenience improvement alone makes this possible change worth our attention, but if Google can somehow help OEMs accelerate their OS updates, that's obviously even better. 

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6 Comments

1. VigneshRaja

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

*Everyone looks at LG Mobile *

2. Venom

Posts: 3110; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And Samsung. The unlocked version of the S9 has been behind with updates and security updates.

3. thedizzle

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Yeah no kidding lol. I barely got the Note 9 Pie update the other day for unlocked and still havent got march security update for unlocked s10. s**t is slow

6. CableTelcontar

Posts: 86; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Really? Both my Note 9 and the Wife's S10 have both gotten their March security update. International unlocked versions. Slow yes, but not that slow, I don't think

4. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

LG has trouble updating its hardware, let alone software.

5. rasta4ri

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 12, 2016

mean while my S8 got it last month Pie 9 1Ui sweet who needs a new fone like that S10 essential

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