Samsung may finally have to adopt Seamless Updates with Android 13

What you need to know

  • Google introduced A/B Seamless updates in 2016 to streamline the update process for consumers.
  • The feature allows phones like Pixels to install updates in the background, allowing devices to still be used.
  • Samsung has not adopted this, but a new Android 13 mandate could change that for new devices shipping with the software.

We all love updates, but sometimes they can get in the way of getting things done. If you frequently hit the “Install later” button on your notification, you’re not alone. However, Google has made the process much less bothersome with A/B Seamless updates and apparently wants all Android OEMs to adopt this, including Samsung.

In a report by Mishaal Rahman, senior technical editor at Esper, Google could mandate that Android OEMs adopt A/B Seamless Updates for devices shipping with Android 13.

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