Google finds more space for An­droid up­grades

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hand­set up­dates can be frus­trat­ing at the best of times – es­pe­cially when the down­load re­quires the user to delete data to make space.

Google says its new “seam­less up­dates” mean own­ers of An­droid 8 de­vices (and some An­droid 7.1 hand­sets with rel­e­vant up­grades) will no longer face out-of-stor­age warn­ings where an up­date doesn’t have enough space to in­stall it­self.

Ac­cord­ing to Google, the changes mean users can in­stall sys­tem up­dates even when there’s only 100KB of avail­able stor­age – while cur­rent up­dates can re­quire 1GB of free space.

Un­der the ex­ist­ing process, an over­sized up­date will stall and prompt an “out of space” er­ror mes­sage even though you’re only “out of space” on the user par­ti­tion,

which is used as a tem­po­rary dump be­fore the up­date is in­stalled on the sys­tem par­ti­tion. The “seam­less” trick works by par­ti­tion­ing the phone into “Sys­tem A” and “Sys­tem B”, with the for­mer work­ing as nor­mal while the lat­ter down­loads, pro­cesses and in­stalls the up­date in the back­ground. The hand­set would still need a re­boot, at which point it would boot into Sys­tem B – with­out any need to delete data from the in­ter­nal stor­age.

RIGHT Google’s seam­less up­dates could make soft­ware up­grades a less frus­trat­ing process

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