Android users can now test the new updates before permanently installing them

Now Android users might be able to test the upcoming Android updates before permanently installing them and that is something we all want. Majority of the smartphone users prefer changing along with the trending changes so most of us probably long to get the new updates of Android as fast as possible to just be in the savvy club of people but there are also some people who would prefer to test the new updates on their devices before completely installing them. With a change in Google’s Dynamic System Updates (DSUs) now users who don’t want to have broken apps due to new Android versions or developers who don’t want to update to unstable their daily usage drivers can have this new ability to test the updates before permanently installing them. The OEMs might let users install OTAs without actually affecting the built-in feature; this will allow users to try the new release before completely shifting to the update permanently.

According to XDA-developers, the DSUs will allow users to boot AOSP builds by creating a temporary partition of the system, pretty similar to the Linux USB sticks than enables users to test a distro without committing to it. The new feature works with Generic System Images (GSIs), according to barebones Android the testing updates feature should be enabled on all Treble-equipped phones. GSIs are usually aimed to help developers, once you reboot your phone, it will boot back the system into the regular partition with original files and system still intact. This means that any apps or files installed on the GSI won’t stay long.

Google is one of the largest platforms that always focus to help a huge variety of its users. Google is working to improve this functionality more to bring ease in the life of not just developers but other users as well. The AOSP commit spotted by XDA Developers states that the DSU partition can include the partitions of products and vendors along with system partitions. This means that users can potentially stick to the Android version mounted on the DSU partition and to make this new release more helpful for users, Google will be working with OEMs and might also let them publish the Android 11 betas with their own vendor and product images on DSU partitions. The goal behind this new feature is to allow users to decide whether they want the new update or not. The testing of updates before permanently installing them can also make it easy for users to downgrade or to not install the new updates if they don’t like it at all.


Apparently, Google only allows GSIs to be mounted on DSU partitions for now and according to one of the Android developer, the changes for DSU partition is something beyond the current development scope of developers team as well. Google working on some new policies to help make the usage of beta versions easy for users to decide really needs to be appreciated. It is really great to see that Google is working on something to help make the platform alike for developers and regular users as well to test the new system update before deciding to completely switch to it or not and we really hope Google releases this new feature soon.


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