Android 13 will make the continuous update system, which has been optional since its introduction in 2016, mandatory for “smartphone” makers.

With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat in 2016, rolling updates and A/B system updates were added. They “guarantee that a functional bootable system remains on disk during an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade,” according to Google.

Among other advantages, this approach enables upgrades to be performed in the background while the user is still using the device. It also speeds up subsequent reboots.

According to Mishaal Rahman, the technical editor of, this method of disseminating updates is now voluntary for OEMs; however, this will change with Android 13, which will make its deployment essential.

According to Rahman’s analysis of Android 13, rolling updates are now supported in place of the usual update procedure.

Rahman claims that although though the “Definition of compatibility” document for Android 13 does not yet call for this method, Android devices that will soon be released must implement it in order to meet the requirements for Google Mobile Services (GMS).

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