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Google just quietly announced a massive change to how Android updates work

Google just quietly announced a massive change to how Android updates work

We got the dirt on Project Mainline, and it’s going to change Android forever.

The Android portion of the two-hour Google I/O keynote was brief compared to previous years, but it included a massive change to the way Google is going to push updated to our favorite OS when Android Q arrives. It’s called Project Mainline, and the goal is to update core components of Android through the Play Store entirely in the background without needing to reboot the phone or forcing the user to think about a security patch. This system is separate from the monthly security patch or a system version update, and exists so Google can keep critical parts of the OS safe and updated no matter what phone you are using.