SEAMLESS UPDATE Posts on XDA

Google is requiring Virtual A/B on new Android 11 devices, paving the way for mandatory Seamless Updates

With Android 7.0 Nougat, Google introduced a partition scheme designed to speed up software updates. In Nougat, Google added support for duplicating certain partitions so that inactive partitions can get updated in the background and then swapped to active with a quick reboot. This "A/B partition" setup allows for "seamless updates" to take place on...

Magisk v17.1 released with better Android Pie and A/B device support

When it comes to rooting your Android smartphone, everybody points to Magisk by XDA Recognised Developer/Recognised Contributor topjohnwu as the best place to get started. It's one of the easiest ways to root your Android smartphone, and it has full support for Magisk Modules too. These modules allow you to systemless-ly replace files on your device's...

How A/B Partitions and Seamless Updates Affect Custom Development on XDA

When Android Nougat released, it had us talking about all kinds of new features. We got a newly updated user interface for starters along with long-awaited multiwindow capabilities and Vulkan Graphics API support. But one under-the-hood addition flew over the heads of most users. Android Nougat introduced "Seamless Updates" on devices that support A/B partitions....

LG G7 ThinQ supports A/B partitions for seamless updates

The newly launched LG G7 ThinQ is a return to greatness for the South Korean technology giant. The company has been hard at work making this the best LG phone to date. They've been trying to improve the experience of previously released devices by opening up their Software Update Center. Speaking of updates, the LG...

LineageOS 15.1 now supports A/B devices starting with the Motorola Moto Z2 Force

One of the more exciting changes that Android Nougat 7.0 brought was the introduction of A/B dual partition scheme for devices launched with this OS version. This change tackled how Android system updates are applied to devices, with the aim to provide a seamless upgrade experience to the user where a simple and quick reboot...

Here’s a list of Android devices that support Seamless Updates

While some of our readers feel lucky to even receive updates on a consistent basis, others might dread them because of how long an update can take. On most Android smartphones and tablets, an update can take a couple of minutes of your time as the updater has to patch all of the system files...

How to check if your Android device supports Seamless Updates

Android Nougat introduced support for seamless updates with the A/B partition system. Devices that support the new partition system have two sets of partitions, a_slot and b_slot. The term "seamless updates" is used because all updates are now downloaded to the inactive slot. When a user reboots to finish installing, the device seamlessly switches over...

EXCLUSIVE: Pixel Software Updates, Partition Changes, Dual Booting & Seamless Custom ROM Updates

During this year's Google I/O, Google officially introduced Android Nougat which has brought several much-needed usability enhancements to those of us lucky enough to own a modern Nexus device. There were some features Google outlined during Google I/O that didn't find their way into final Nougat production builds for current Nexus devices, most notably seamless...

Why You Won’t Get N’s Seamless Updates on Your Current Android Device

If you read our recap of the events from Google I/O the other day, we detailed how the new seamless update feature was going to work in Android N. You can go back and read the piece for a longer explanation, but in essence Android N borrows the dual-partition setup from Chrome OS in order...