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Seamless Software Updates in Android 11? Huawei should use it on EMUI 11

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Software updates for smartphones become a pain if it’s not installed properly and some times devices get bricked with no solutions in hand. In the past, some of our readers also reported us about these kinds of problems in Huawei and Honor devices.

But there’s a solution to install seamless and fast updates without damaging your phone’s main software and it will come with Android 11.

In 2016, Google introduced seamless updates with Android 7.0 but the company made it optional for Android smartphone makers to use it. The outcome of this optional choice is that most of the smartphone makers including Huawei didn’t inherit seamless updates.

According to Google’s recent Vendor Test Suite (VTS), an automated test that devices must pass for Google Mobile Services certificate. All smartphone brands will be required to include A/B partitions to support seamless updates starting with Android 11.

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How’s Android 11 gonna force all smartphone makers to include seamless software updates?

Starting Android 11, the VTS will check if the device has virtual A/B partition structures to enable seamless updates. VTS will fail the device’s Google Mobile Services (GMS) certificate (on Android 11 or above) if it doesn’t have a Virtual A/B partition.

What is A/B partition?

The use of A/B partition not only allows seamless software updates but it also saves devices from scenarios such as update failure.

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The seamless updates feature requires two virtual partitions (A and B) in the device’s storage as the following:

  • Partition A – Active partition for your current uses.
  • Partition B – InActive partition used to install software updates on the background without any interruption.

When the phone downloads an update, it’s transferred to the second partition (inactive), allowing the user to keep using the phone while the update is being installed in the background.

After the restart, the phone switches from Partition A to Partition B and marks it as active partition with new software.

The benefit of A/B Partitions:

With this capability, a user can keep using the phone while the system update/installs the update in the background. The A/B partition also reduces the boot screen installation at a speed of regular start.

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Moreover, it saves your phone from being corrupted or update failed issues. Meanwhile, the damage will be absorbed by the second partition and the first partition remains unaffected by the issue.

What about Huawei?

Due to the US trade ban, Huawei is not under business with Google and doesn’t require GMS certificate to use the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This means, it may not require to use this new change but nothing is confirmed at the moment.

However, we would like to see the seamless updates in the next version of EMUI – EMUI 11 based on Android 11. The EMUI 11 will launch at Huawei Developer Conference in the second half of 2020 and debut with the Huawei Mate 40 series.

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Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.

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Android 13 themed icons looks good

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Android 13 is a gift for the users and its feature provides you with a layer of the surprise element. However, the themed icons are one of the biggest blockbusters of the year 2022 for Android users. As the feature so makes the first impression dramatic and bold.

The themed icons of Android 13 have so many elements in terms of different shapes, Visual effects, user theming, design adaptive icons, and more. Let’s brief on how it makes your device interface attractive.

  • Different shapes: It can show a squircle on one OEM phone while displaying a circle on another. In order for the system to generate all adaptive icons with the same shape, each device OEM is required to supply a mask.
  • Visual effects: A variety of exciting visual effects are displayed when users position or move an adaptable icon around the front display.
  • Users theming: The system uses the user’s selected wallpaper and theme to determine the tint color if the user has enabled themed app icons and the launcher supports this functionality.

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Android 13 Themed icon:

Themed app icons are a choice beginning with Android 13. This feature tints app icons in the supported Android launchers to take on the color scheme of the user’s selected wallpaper and other themes.

Your app must supply both an adaptable icon and a monochromatic app icon in order to enable this functionality, and it must also point to the monochromatic app icon from the element in the description.

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If you have enabled themed app icons and the launcher supports this feature, the system determines the tint color for the monochromatic app icon by comparing it to the color of the user’s selected wallpaper and theme.

In any of the below-mentioned circumstances, the themed app icon does not appear on the home screen, instead, the adaptive or regular app icon is displayed:
the user has enabled themed app icons, if your application doesn’t offer a single-color icon and launcher must allow themed app icons.

However, a themed icon improves the overall experience of your device the feature with tinted app icons supported launchers to inherit the coloring of users’ chosen wallpaper and other themes.

Just try this feature if you haven’t yet. And don’t forget to share your theme icons experience on your Android phone.

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Android 14 will force devices to support modern AV1 video coding

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Android 13 is still relying on the top of the news section. However, Google has started lifting its hammer for a new and game-changing system. Yes, we are talking about the upcoming Android 14 that has some new tweaks regarding the AV1 video coding.

According to the latest information, the US manufacturer has made the support of AV1 video coding format mandatory for Android 14 devices. As a result, if the manufacturers want to fetch the latest version of Android to their smart gadgets then they must add the support of the AV1 codec in their internal system.

What is the AV1 codec?

After the satellite connectivity feature, Android 14 is now covering the AV1 codec topic. Generally, this is an open, and license-free video coding format. It is mainly used for video transmission and compression purposes.

Besides, AV1 is a modern and improved compression system that is quite efficient at work. It consumes fewer data and energy without affecting or reducing the video quality. In the latest edition, this code is available in the Android Open Source Project Gerrit. It reads:

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“As per Android CDD (Compatibility Definition Document) 14, section 2.2.2 and section 2.6, handheld and tablet device implementations must support decoding AV1.”

Consequently, this makes clear that those devices that are eagerly waiting for the Android 14 interface need some amendments in their system. Only then they would be able to gain the enjoyable and thoughtful benefits of the upcoming software.

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64-bit change!

Another significant change that Android 14 will bring to its surface is 64-bit-apps. As per the reports, those smart gadgets that stand over the Armv9 CPU architecture can only support the 64-bit-apps. This major change is for all those latest processors that equip the Armv9 framework. For instance, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.

This makes a sense of finally marking a full stop at the 32-bit-only applications. So far, Apple has taken this decision in 2017, and following the lead, Google is next.

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Apart from these major pinches, the predictive back gesture also came into the limelight and is rumored to make its way in Android 14. The respective feature made its debut in Android 13 and there are chances to catch it once again with the upcoming version.

However, we still need some time to bring everything in sequence. Let’s see what else Google is planning to bring to the Android 14 platform.

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Google Play system update adds Android 13 Play Protect information

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Google has already rolled out the September 2022 Play System Update for Android devices. But it looks like, the company has saved some features at that time to reveal later this month. In the latest edition, the Google Play system update adds support for the Play Protect information to the Android 13 interface.

The company began the September 2022 update with improvements for the Google Kids Space. Thereafter, the US manufacturer introduced some new and reflective features for the Wear OS with unique alerts for compromised passwords.

Now, once again, Google has entered into the Play System to make it more reliable and convenient. But this time, the change initiates from the latest interface – Android 13.

According to the official Google reports, phones running on the Android 13 operating system will display Play Protect information. Users will be able to access this feature in the Settings menu > Security and Privacy Settings section.

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How is this feature useful? Consequently, Play Protect will inspect the behavior of the application on the device. Besides, it will inform you about the basic details of the app before you install them from the Google Play Store. Hence, you will be able to detect whether the particular app is suitable or harmful for your gadget.

Google Play Protect Android 13

Track the app installation activity

Apart from this change to Android 13, Google has also implemented some finer techniques that let you trace the app installation process. This function also falls in the Play Protect category. Ultimately, the company has expanded the details displayed on the Play Store listings.

These details might be regarding app permissions, changing policies, and so on. Aside, you will be able to check the installation status of the app on your other devices with the help of your smartphone.

Currently, the latest versions of the Play System and Play Store (v32.4) do not exhibit any new progress. Perhaps, the company might be testing these features on its server, and could soon bring them to the real surface. But, the good news is that the app downloading will become quite more productive and convenient for Android users with the new Play System update.

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