Tech 08 Apr
Updated on April 16, 2019
Just days after we reported it last week, Google has already started pushing firmware updates through Play store. The company is pushing out latest Android Q Beta updates via the Play Store. Since Google is yet to announce this feature, most probably it will happen during the upcoming Google I/O, it may remain Pixel exclusive till then.
Few users who were using a Pixel device running on Android Q beta took to Reddit to confirm the new feature and mentioned that the update happened like any other app update. The new process of software update was reportedly easy to find, quick to initiate and faster to download as reported by the users. While Google may have aimed at a better user experience and faster availability of OS updates with this new standardization, it will still have to be dependent on OEM to make necessary updates to the firmware before releasing it to the public.
Published on April 11, 2019
Android Software updates are pushed out directly by the OEMs and generally delivered in a phased manner. This process has been followed since the inception. However, it looks like Google has finally decided to make changes to this system. As spotted by 9to5Google, the company may soon introduce a system to download the OTA updates via play store.
This process will work identically like any application or a game update and was spotted in the version number 14.5.52 of the Play Store app. Once the update is available, users will find a download and install button to download the latest firmware. Rest process is said to be similar like the system update in settings app currently.
This is a major change from how the firmware update is being delivered currently and can ensure that the latest firmware is available to download officially to everyone. Apart from the timely delivery, there seems to be no other purpose of this improvement as of now.
Given the current situation of Android fragmentation, this does look like a major task to be achieved once implemented. Let us wait for an official announcement from Google. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know un the comments below.