Google finds more space for Android upgrades
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