Mountain View, California: The two giants, that is Google and Apple never stop making themselves better and more competitive in the market, in other words “against each other”. Google to roll out Android 8.0 which will be compatible with Pixel and Nexus devices, with an amazing storage trick, of taking the updates with no available storing capacity on the device.
Sounds great, right! So, instead of getting “storage full” error messages when updating to the latest Android release, Pixel users will still be able to update. Users don’t have to be annoyed with notifications of freeing up precious storage space to run the latest version of Android, mentions BGR.
Google released new documentation that details an exciting new trick of the “Seamless Updates” feature that was first introduced in Android 7.0. Pixel phones have a dual system partition setup that allows users to experience fast updates.
How does it work: You keep using System A while System B updates in the background. Once the update is performed on System B, it becomes the phone’s OS after a simple restart. That means less downtime and faster, seamless updates.
Update data will be streamed from the internet directly to the partition that’s offline (Partition B in the above example), and written block by block, ready to be restarted. As Ars Technica explains, an update will only need 100KB worth of free space for metadata rather than the 1GB of free space updates normally require.
You won’t need to delete any pics, apps or other content to enjoy fast updates. At the same time, however, Android 8.0 will occupy more storage on the device to pull off these streaming updates.
Ars further notes that the update will be ported to devices that can run Android 7.0 and later versions of the mobile OS via a Google Play update. That’s great news, but not really helpful to anyone not rocking Pixel handsets. Only Google’s Pixels come with a dual boot setup right now.