With the furthest down the line beta updates to Android 14, Google appears to have definitely accelerated how quick Pixel gadgets can introduce an OTA update. Presently, we’re drawing a nearer see how that has been achieved.
First spotted with Android 14’s QPR2 Beta 1 update, the “Seamless Updates” include has gotten a ton quicker on Pixel telephones.
Where Google’s updates used to take upwards of 20-40 minutes to introduce a straightforward OTA, the new cycle could be pretty much as fast as 10-15 minutes, maybe even less. It’s incredibly amazing and would make anybody can’t help thinking about how Google pulled it off.
On Twitter/X, APKMirror organizer, Artem Russakovskii, examines a couple of central matters of progress that appear to be liable for quicker consistent updates. Russakovskii refers to “Google’s tests” and Google’s David Anderson (a computer programmer working at the organization beginning around 2018), yet Google itself doesn’t appear to have publically shared this information.
That beginnings with pressure tasks, which Android is currently parallelizing for a speed increase in 26% in Google’s own tests, Russakovskii makes sense of. OTA refreshes on Android require the pressure of thousands of “small blocks” of information, so placing those tasks in equal surely speeds things up.
Connected with that, Android is presently bunching tasks for those equivalent blocks. Where the operating system beforehand would make 200 separate composes of 4KB records, it currently causes a solitary to compose of one 800KB document. Google obviously tracked down a 24% decrease in introduce time with this technique.
At long last, the greatest improvement comes in more up to date Pixels changing from the GZ pressure strategy to the LZ4 technique. Google depicts LZ4 as “extremely fast compression,” and it absolutely shows here.
This evidently brings about a half decrease in introduce time however just applies to explicit gadgets. Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Genius, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Overlap, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Master are the main gadgets qualified for this new pressure technique, as more seasoned Pixels will stay with the more slow GZ strategy. It’s indistinct why this is the situation, however it could have something to do with the chip. Mishaal Rahman featured on Twitter/X that, while introducing Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1, Pixel 8 Master was exploiting Tensor G3’s mid-centers to speed things along, and Google explicitly noticed that LZ4’s quicker pressure is “scalable with multi-cores CPU.”
Google is, as per Russakovskii, changing its direction for other Android OEMs in light of this new strategy, so there’s an opportunity we could see comparable upgrades beyond Pixel later on.