Android N easter egg

While the vast majority of the Android N features that Google talked about during its keynote this morning were mostly just recaps of things we already knew, there were at least a few new tweaks that were highlighted as well. Google also talked a bit about seamless updates, though amidst all the other announcements it was something we somewhat overlooked highlighting earlier.

The idea of automatically downloading new Android versions in the background is nothing new, but with the final version of Android N it doesn’t just download them in the background — it also installs them. That means you no longer have to reboot your phone and deal with a lengthy “installing update” type message. Instead, once everything has been installed, you’ll reboot and almost instantly things will be ready to go.

If this sounds familiar that’s because this is the same approach to updates that Chromebooks take. Android N accomplishes this by having two system partitions. When an update is found the update is installed to the secondary partition. Once you restart your device, the secondary partition switches over to being primary and that’s that.

This new method will be supported by all Android N devices, not just Nexus and other stock Android products. Of course this doesn’t mean OEMs will rollout updates any faster, it just means when Android N comes (and other future updates), you’ll be able to install them in the background while doing other things.

Andrew Grush
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  • patstar5

    What does this mean when flashing custom roms?

    • Sergej “Archimedes” van Hollan

      Native dual boot? Lol just kidding

  • WAusJackBauer

    Doesn’t seem safe that you can install newer firmware while using the device.

    I’ll do it the old fashioned way thanks

    • Bradley Uffner

      I don’t think this is an in-place hot update. The update is still installed on reboot, it just does it super fast during the reboot. At least that is my interpretation.

      • Wolverine

        Does’nt matter how it works. The real thing is “it works”.

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      I don’t think the old fashioned way will be there anymore. It’s safe because it installs into a partition you aren’t using and then only on reboot does it quickly change to what was installed.

  • Yash

    I Feel like they should even add the downscaling games to 1080p res just like the htc and samsung did. That feature is <3

  • Om Kakde

    cool

  • Techn9cian46

    So does this mean updates will say “Update installed, please reboot your phone” instead of saying “Update available, install now”

    • Exactly.
      Give this man a Candy. :P

    • Tj Hariharan

      Well, lets hope it’s they’re not taking m$s path of: “update installed, rebooting in 3…”

  • Victor Creed

    if it doesn’t solve the slow OEM update cycle… meh

  • Guest

    So there are two System partitions that are almost identical except for a 20 mb block update. What a waste of space.

  • Rafael Kireyev

    It is something like a Natural Chocolate. It is useful and hassle-free.

  • Victor Yuen

    Didn’t realize I was running w10 home edition on my phone. Reason I never update automatically is to read forums about the issues the update might have haha

  • Álvaro López

    So, they will install updates whether you want it or not, right?

  • Anonymous

    So will CyanogenMod 14 also follow this path?

  • saksham

    i can download updates whenever i want on my s6 even automatically install overnight :/

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      Yeah but you are sleeping while it takes 20 minutes. This feature is about it inky taking you away from using the phone for the time it takes to reboot. A minute or so.

      • saksham

        u dont get it .. my phone can get updated without me even knowing it as it all happens overnight the download as well as installation

        • John-Phillip Saayman

          I do. I expressed myself badly. What I meant was that this feature is for when it’s the middle of the day and you want to download the update and install while using your phone and sending emails etc. Downloading at night and installing is besides the point because you are anyway not using your phone.

  • Eden-K121D

    I hope google Markets this year’s Nexus smartphones Strongly and Worldwide. so that there is competition to the OEMs

  • Lucy

    I hope my moto x force gets android N.

  • Marius Tomas


    huh??
    ” That means you no longer have to reboot your phone and deal with a lengthy “installing update” type message. Instead, once everything has been installed, you’ll reboot and almost instantly things will be ready to go.”

    you no longer have to reboot but you have to reboot? so how it’s actually. i was exciting when it said that you don’t have to reboot but later says that you have to? can someone explain me please

    • Bradley Uffner

      You no longer have to reboot AND deal with a lengthy update, instead you simply have to reboot. You missed the “and”.

      • Marius Tomas

        ohhh ok. thanks! that’s cool anyways even saying you no longer have to
        .. confuses at first. anyways thanks for explaining :)

    • Dexter

      I will be happy to reboot my phone once in a month for a timely update vs waiting for months for latest android build.

  • Ronald

    Using Android Preview 3 on my Nexus 6P, loving it

  • LeRoy Kessler

    Does that mean it will override your “wifi only” setting? That would result in more data usage.

  • Snowbooks1419

    Will there be any way to turn it off, if we don’t want updates to be installed automatically?

  • miguelm75

    “Android N accomplishes this by having two system partitions. When an update is found the update is installed to the secondary partition. Once you restart your device, the secondary partition switches over to being primary and that’s that.”

    looks similiar to updating MIUI to me :-)

  • SuperstarX64

    Slow OEM’s updates is a problem from the early stages of Android, and still we don’t hear anything about how to improve in that area.

  • Choda Boy

    #1. Will 64GB be the new minimum storage for phones now?
    #2. Can you select between the two in case an update goes wrong?

    • inspectorgadget

      #1. you wish, I wish, we wish,the answer is no
      #2. great question

    • Dexter

      #2. Recovery should work flawlessly.

  • Boner Shillelagh

    Wow thanks for nothing Google. so like always unless you are Nexus you are screwed?