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Pixel phone update brings ability to pause, resume OTA update and schedule reboot

06 February 2019 3

Smartphones get updated very frequently and if you have got a Pixel phone then it’s a monthly practice. And it seems that Google is making the software update experience a bit smoother than ever. The OTA update for Pixel phones not only brings in the latest Android security patch but also an ability to pause, resume the OTA updates in case you’re in the middle of something important.

The update enables brings in a feature that will pause the OTA update stating "Installation will automatically resume when the device is idle." The update can be manually restarted or paused again if needed be. This new feature can come in really handy if you’re using the phone for something very important.


For the new update to take effect the phone needs to be restarted one and another important feature that’s been added is the ability to schedule the restart once the OTA update has been installed. You can now schedule the restart during the dull hours like during late nights so that it doesn’t bother you while you’re using the phone.

These are not the only features that have been introduced with the latest OTA, however, these are the most important ones. A minor tweak moved the 'About Phone' section slightly higher in the settings menu, resulting in a lesser number of taps for you to reach the section.

While these tweaks do not bring a huge change in the way we use our phones, however, they do improve the overall experience. It would be interesting to see if other manufacturers include these features in their respective updates or they remain Pixel only features.


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