According to Mishaal Rahmaneditor of waitGoogle is finally requiring vendors to support virtual A/B partitions in Android 13. This feature is critical to enabling the non-stop updates (Seamless Updates), available since version 7 (Nougat) of the system. Its advantage is to allow the installation of a new version in the background while the user uses the cell phone normally.
Let me explain: on every smartphone there are two partitions, one is A (where the Android version being used is located, and you can store everything you want), the other is B (reserved to store the original system files) .
To update your Android today you need to download the package with the new version on partition A, restart your device and then wait a few minutes (or hours) for the files to be replaced on partition B.
With the non-stop updates, you will be able to use your smartphone normally using partition A, while the new system files are downloaded and updated in the background on B. Then, just restart and use the new version.
The major obstacle to this feature, however, was precisely the low adoption by manufacturers, such as Samsungfor example.
For companies, bringing this function would require more storage space on a smartphone than in the conventional process. Rahman explains that Google has worked hard to reduce the amount of storage needed.
As much as the feature is a “hand on the wheel”, everything indicates that it will only be mandatory for devices that leave the factory with Android 13. That way, we may not see it on Samsung smartphones until the future “Galaxy S23” .
Android 13 is now available
Google officially released Android 13 in the first half of August. The system was released for Pixels first, but the other manufacturers are already working to update their devices.
Among those that have confirmed, we have: ASUS, Motorola, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Samsung and, of course, Xiaomi. The update mainly focuses on system layout, privacy and connectivity.
The system was tested since last February and had its last beta version released in July. Since then, Google has worked hard to implement subtle new features.
Among the new features: independent language choices for each app, automatic clearing of the clipboard, allowing apps to send notifications, and support for spatial audio with head tracking.
With information: 9to5Google and Android Police