Android Update (How To)

Android Update (How To)
Updating your android device, whether it is a smartphone or a tablet, is an important practice not only for the practical purpose of having new features and maybe even improvements, but above all to increase the security of your device.

In fact, every day vulnerabilities are discovered that can be exploited by malicious people to compromise or violate our devices. Therefore, the android update assumes great importance.

Normally, android updates are not released directly by Google, but by individual phone manufacturers. In fact, every company usually introduces specific improvements for their devices and many customizations. Updates for android devices are usually guaranteed for at least 18 months. Although it is not possible to find an update every month, it is good to periodically check its availability.

To check the availability of any updates just go to Settings -> Software Updates and choose Download and Install

Android Update (How To)
This way your smartphone or tablet will check for OTA (over-the-air) updates. OTA updates are precisely those that can be downloaded directly from the device. Before updating, it is advisable to check that the mobile phone is fully charged and it is preferable that the connection in use is WIFI so as not to impact the giga of your telephone plan. Then check that you have plenty of free space for downloading and updating.

Normally, security updates take up only a few megs (usually 100-300 MB), while updates for new versions of android can be as small as 1-2 GB.

The latest version of android is Android 11, among the most important news we find the bubble notifications in the style of Facebook Messenger, improvements in artificial intelligence, a new shutdown menu, improvements regarding privacy, support for the brand new emoji 13.0 (well 62 new emoji), screen recorder with audio functionality.

Android Update (How To)
Many phones are already upgradeable to android 11, while many more will be in the course of 2021.

Here is the list of devices from the major brands that will sooner or later receive the Android 11 update:

Google: from Pixel 2 to Pixel 4
Samsung: S20, S10, Note 10, A10, A20, A21, A30, A31, A40, A41, A50, A51, A70, A71, A80, A90, M11, M21, M31, M40, M51, Tab S5, Tab S6, Tab S7, Tab A10.1, Tab A8, Tab A7
LG: Velvet, Wing, V60, V50, G8
Sony: Xperia 10, Xperia 1, Xperia 5
Xiaomi: Mi 10, Mi 9, Mi Not 10, Redmi Note 9, POCO F2, POCO X3
Asus: ZenFone 7, ZenFone 6, ROG Phone 3 e 2

Before any update, especially when it comes to a version upgrade, it is advisable to make a backup of your data. Each manufacturer usually provides backup solutions. For example for Samsung devices via the Smart Switch app.

What happens when the update starts? The mobile unzips the installation files and replaces and updates all affected system files. The device will be restarted automatically and a nice animation with the android robot will show us the percentage of progress. Once installation is complete, the operating system will optimize the device's apps. This operation will take a few minutes, but in the end we will have our smartphone updated to the latest version available and with the latest security updates.

For more protection always make sure you also have a good antivirus such as Kaspersky or AVG (they can be downloaded from the Play Store).