Android phones have always had a more laissez-faire approach to new version updates than iOS devices — while iPhones bug you with annoying notifications and update reminders, Android phones rarely let you know a new update is available.
However, it sounds like Google is rolling out an Android feature to make updating your device much easier, or more specifically, making an existing feature mandatory for all Android phones. Mishaal Rahman – a big name in the phone software game – wrote a blog post about Espers (opens in new tab) that in Android 13 the seamless update feature will become mandatory.
Seamless Updates is a feature that allows new Android version updates to be downloaded in the background. So your phone doesn’t have to be idle forever while it’s downloading (well, except for a brief moment while it’s rebooting).
The feature was introduced a few years ago, but only for certain Android phones (like Google’s own Pixel), and many Android phone makers have chosen to avoid using the feature. However, that is about to change.
According to Rahman, Android 13 mandates seamless updates, so any phone maker that creates its own fork of the software (like Samsung’s One UI or OnePlus’ OxygenOS) must offer convenient background updates. In theory, this would mean that every new Android phone will come with this feature.
The convenience that this would bring should encourage more people to update their Android phones – the fact that the device is left idle while the update is downloaded is likely to deter many mobile phone users from doing so to get the latest version of the operating system, which means they miss out on all the new features and security patches that such updates bring with them.
Analysis: iOS could learn a thing or two
So it sounds like Android updates are going to be a lot more convenient, and if that feature of Android 13 materializes, getting future updates could require very little input on your part.
Apple could really learn something from this and apply a similar approach to iOS; because upgrading to newer versions can be quite annoying.
The company’s devices are happy to nag you about updating, often promising they’ll do it automatically overnight when your device is plugged into power, but then failing to deliver. And iOS updates can take a surprisingly long time too.
Apple needs to follow Google’s lead in making updates easier – sure, its nagging ensures people get the new iOS version quickly, but there needs to be a less onerous way to ensure the best iPhones on the market are up to date are up to date.
https://www.techradar.com/news/android-phone-updates-could-get-much-easier-ios-should-learn-a-thing-or-two Android phone updates could get much easier – iOS should learn a thing or two