With Android 13, Samsung may be forced to update the operating system in the background

androidEvery year when Samsung’s new tops are launched, we unfortunately report the same story: the devices don’t support seamless updates, nominally the ability to update the operating system in the background while the smartphone is running. Seamless Updates was introduced in Android several years ago, and allows you to update devices more safely and conveniently, but Google has never succeeded in forcing some manufacturers to adopt it, especially Samsung . With Android 13, however, things could change. This update mode uses type A/B partitions to install new firmware while the device is running, and the Esper site has indeed noticed that Google has introduced in the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android 13 the words “device implementations”. should support A/B system updates.” This does not explicitly require OEMs to use the upgrade method, but further points out that the GMS license now requires A support. And this claim is proven by new tests, which explicitly state “Virtual A/B required for devices launched with T (Android 13)”.

In a nutshell, it looks like Google wants to force the adoption of Seamless Updates, making it a requirement for devices that start with Android 13, except for devices that come to market with older versions. . Of course, Samsung isn’t alone in adopting this policy, but being the most high-profile Android maker, it’s the most obvious rebel. Will Google be able to force recalcitrant OEMs to adopt its update policy? Hard to say. Already with Android 11, the Big G made a similar move, only to remove the requirement before launch. Now, with Android 13, it seems to be getting serious, as the changes are still in effect after the OS officially launched on devices. The definitive test will be early next year when Samsung launches the new Galaxy S23 in the market and we will find out if they will support the hated update system.