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Do my Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 support seamless updates?

Do my Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 support seamless updates?

Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 on July 10, and using Android Developer Tools we discovered that the new foldable phones do not support seamless updates.

It’s been nearly a decade since Google rolled out seamless updates to its Android and Pixel phones. In 2024, Samsung finally brought the feature to one of its phones.

Surprisingly, that phone was the Galaxy A55, and the A-series has been the only phone on the market to benefit from continuous updates for months. It doesn’t look like that’s going to change with the Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6.

What are seamless updates and how do they work?

Phones that support seamless updates have two system/boot partitions. While new updates are being installed on one partition, you can continue using your phone without interruption on the other partition.

For regular (non-seamless) updates, the installation process requires users to reboot their phones and wait for the update to complete, which prevents users from using the phone for anything, even emergency calls, for several minutes.

Thanks to seamless updates, new firmware can be installed in the background without disturbing the user. When new firmware is applied this way, users will only need to restart their phone once and will not have to wait for long progress bars to appear.

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Depending on how often you install updates on your phones, seamless updates may or may not seem like a big deal, but they’re a quality-of-life improvement, especially for devices that receive monthly security updates, like most new mid-range and high-end Galaxy smartphones.

Looks like Fold 6 and Flip 6 don’t support seamless updates

Unfortunately, the Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 do not support seamless updates, at least based on our initial testing.But the methods used to test whether seamless updates are supported don’t seem very reliable, so the only way to know for sure will be when the new foldables receive their first software update.

Supporting seamless updates, the Galaxy A55 shows a split progress bar while downloading and installing the update. On the other hand, devices that do not support this feature have a single progress bar. In the image below, you can see the comparison between the two devices – the one on the left is seamless and the one on the right is traditional.

If the Fold 6 and Flip 6 don’t support seamless updates right away, that’s not going to change later. This update installation system requires two system partitions, and adding support to a phone that doesn’t support seamless updates would require repartitioning the existing system partition, which could lead to a host of issues that Samsung wouldn’t risk.

Fold 6 and Flip 6 updates will likely be rolled out the old-fashioned way for seven years

The reason why Samsung may have skipped rolling updates for its new flagship phones could be because the software running on the company’s flagship Galaxy smartphones and tablets takes up almost twice as much space as compared to mid-range and budget-friendly devices.

For example, the full firmware size of the Galaxy A55 is around 8 GB, while the firmware size of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy S24 Ultra is around 14 GB and 16 GB respectively.

But with the Fold 6 and Flip 6 qualifying for seven years of operating system and security upgrades, it’s a bit disappointing that all of these upgrades have to be installed the old-fashioned way.

Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 to go on sale on July 24

The new foldable phones will come with Android 14 and One UI 6.1.1 along with new Galaxy AI features. They’ll go on sale on July 24, but early pre-orders can earn you bonuses.