At Google I/O 2016 earlier this week, one of the big announcements surrounding Android N was the new seamless updates feature. Adopted from Chrome OS, this feature would automatically download updates in the background and apply them on any reboot instantly. The idea of being able to do that is ridiculously cool, and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself, but alas, I won’t be seeing it on my Nexus 6P.
Google has confirmed that this features simply won’t be available on current Nexus devices, including the latest 6P and 5X.
The problem surrounding this lies in how the update would have to work. To enable seamless updates Google needs to create a separate partition on the device’s internal storage and they can’t do that through a standard OTA update. To do this you’d need to connect the device to a PC and update that way, something the average user wouldn’t want to do. Now of course, Google could make this optional for users who are willing to do the work, but the company says they just don’t want to be responsible if something were to go wrong, which is very possible when doing this type of work. Oh, and since Google won’t be supporting this, you can bet that other current device that will eventually get N (Galaxy S7, LG G5, etc), almost certainly won’t allow it either.
So because of all that, we won’t see this great feature of any of the currently available Nexus smartphones or tablets. However we will undoubtedly see this debut on whatever Nexus devices Google releases later this year, so at least we’ve got that to look forward to.