Galaxy S21 doesn’t support seamless updates, but is that a bad thing?

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Samsung is crushing it right now with the Android 11 update for its smartphones and tablets. However, its latest flagship smartphones—Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra—don’t support Android’s seamless updates. This feature has been present in Android smartphones since 2016, but Samsung is yet to implement it.

The Seamless Updates feature allows a new firmware update to be installed in the background while the device is being actively used. Upon the next reboot, the phone or the tablet boots the new firmware, offering users a seamless experience and not having to stare at the progress bar. This feature is implemented using virtual A/B partitions, and that takes up a lot of storage space. Samsung’s One UI software is already quite huge, so not having the Seamless Updates feature is an advantage as well.

Last year, the Android 11 Vendor Test Suite was spotted with Seamless Updates being a requirement for smartphone vendors. However, the latest version of the Android 11 Compatibility Definition Document doesn’t list Seamless Updates as a requirement. However, Google still tells smartphone brands to implement Seamless Updates, and brands like Google, Motorola, OnePlus, and LG smartphones come with the feature.

With the microSD card slot gone from its latest flagship smartphones, do you still think Samsung should implement Seamless Updates at the expense of lower usable internal storage? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

  • Model: SM-G991B
  • Dimensions: Bar: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm
  • Display: 6.2 inch / 157.48 mm Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • CPU: Exynos 2100
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Model: SM-G996B
  • Dimensions: Bar: 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm
  • Display: 6.7 inch / 170.18 mm Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • CPU: Exynos 2100
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Model: SM-G998B
  • Dimensions: Bar: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm
  • Display: 6.8 inch / 172.72 mm Dynamic AMOLED 2X
  • CPU: Exynos 2100
  • Camera: 12MP

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