Android 11 users will enjoy seamless updates as compared to other versions, thanks to some new changes in the VTS by Google

Recently, the Vendor Test Suite (VTS) had some changes which was first spotted by XDA Developers and according to them, Google will be requiring seamless updates for devices operating with Android 11 and later versions.

Well, if you go in detail you’ll see that the Vendor Test Suite is aimed to check if the devices are running with Android 11 or later versions and in return, it will allow seamless updates on devices and if the devices are running with some other versions of Device the users usually have to update in order to support all of the Google’s apps as the necessary requirement to operate Google apps is to pass the VTS.

Still confused? Don’t worry we’re here to explain!

Well, this VTS will mean that all of the Android manufacturers will need to support the seamless updates on their devices running with Android 11 in order to support all of Google’s apps.

Yes, it is not just a technical requirement but a pretty big deal for all sorts of Android users. According to the report, these A/B partition structure and seamless updates are not happening the first time, Arstechnica spotted them in 2016.

Even though there are so many substantial benefits to it but still there are so many Android manufacturers operating without implementing it at all.

One of the major benefits of passing the VTS is that the users will have more seamless system updates as it lets the phone to install major updates in patches while the user is still actively using the phone.

It also protects the devices from being completely reset as if the process fails it will always have some backup ready and in-case anything bad happens to the system, the system can easily roll back to the older version without any loss of data at all.

During updates, there’s always a chance of things going wrong during the process so if a device somehow shuts down or some other unexpected glitches occurs, the backup will help save the consumer data. It is pretty much similar to the structure that a variety of Chromebooks use to keep the updates from causing any sort of problems to customer’s data.

If a user tries to install some software and it takes more than 15 minutes for those updates, this can put a defect on the usability of phone devices so this VTS is more convenient for users who have to install long updates and with this, users don’t have to spend several minutes sitting in recovery as it will all happen in the background.

The A/B partition system or seamless updates have been implemented by so many known companies including OnePlus, LG, HTC, Motorola, Google, ASUS and even Sony as well but some big tech companies like Samsung and Huawei are still not implementing it even with its most expensive devices as well.

Despite so many benefits, the $1400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also doesn’t support this four-year-old feature.

These new changes in the VTS clearly shows a strong recommendation by Google for all the tech companies if they want to keep using Google apps. So tech companies like Samsung and Huawei have less than a year to either start implementing VTS in their devices or stop Google apps completely. So let’s see what they do.



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