The idea of regular updates hitting our Android devices is something that most of us enjoy.However, some of their disadvantages are noticed either during the installation process, where quite a fair share of our time is consumed ensuring that the devices are up and running on the new builds, that is, downloading the file and then rebooting our device and watch it as it slowly installs. Or when on rare occasions, we discover after the installation, that the update came with bugs and now some of our device’s features are non-functional. The latter is often solved with another prolonged installation of a subsequent update.

One of the announcements at the Google I/O developer conference that touched on software-related developments, is the revelation that Android N will begin initiating seamless updates, which basically allows background downloading of file as well as installation. How does it work? Android N features two system partitions, once an update is available, installation begins on the secondary partition. When the device is rebooted, the secondary partition is swapped as the main one. This means that the switch of the older version of Android N into the new version will be seamless, and will also be entirely separate from the rest of the data on the phone.

All this is thanks to a new JIT compiler which drastically increases the speeds of Android N’s update processes. It also promises up to 75% faster app installs, with the storage space occupied during installation also reducing by 50%.

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