Have you ever felt that the seamless system updates on your Pixel device are a little slow? We have good news for you: Google’s efforts on making this process faster appear to be in the final stages.
Google Pixel seamless system updates installation become faster than ever
‘Seamless system updates’ is a feature that basically allows you to continue using your smartphone while an OS update is installed in the background. This is quite useful to be able to install new updates at any time, without fear of losing access to your device for several minutes.
That said, one of the complaints from Google Pixel users regarding seamless updates is that they can be slow, taking a minimum of 30 minutes to complete. This relative slowness is part of what allows you to continue using the smartphone while the update is applied.
For some time now, Google has been working on implementing methods that would speed up the process, as was spotted by Mishaal Rahman at the end of last year. Now, after a long wait, it seems that they are ready to be implemented in the OS, although not in the stable version yet.
Improvement already present in Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1
According to multiple reports from Google Pixel users on Reddit, the time taken for seamless OS updates installation has been significantly reduced in the latest Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 update. More specifically, instead of more than 30 minutes, the update now completes in less than 10 minutes! That’s a pretty nice reduction to be honest.
Since this improvement is present in Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1, it is possible that it will be available in the Android 14 March 2024 feature drop update for Google Pixel phones, although this is not yet confirmed. We just have to wait to see if the next Google Pixel December update finally enables this improvement for everyone, or if we will have to wait a little longer.