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You might be able to test future Android updates without permanently installing them

While most of us are probably longing to get new Android updates as fast as possible, there are some people out there who would prefer to test a release before committing to it full-time, especially when it comes to betas. System administrators managing a company's fleet of devices, people who simply don't want to deal with broken apps due to a new Android version, or developers who would rather not forgo their stable daily drivers to test their products against beta OS releases could benefit from a change to Google's Dynamic System Updates (DSUs). In the future, OEMs might be able to let you install OTAs without touching your actual stable build, allowing you to try a new release before fully switching to it.

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Google publishes the first Android 10 Generic System Images

When you turn on your phone, it boots Android. Obviously. But what if you wanted it to boot a different Android? The first "live bootable" versions of Android are available starting today with Android 10. You can download the so-called Generic System Images (GSIs) right now for ARM64 and x86 platforms.

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Dynamic System Updates arrive for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in Android Q Beta 4

Last year, Google speculated it might be possible for Android devices to boot a GSI (Generic System Image) without needing to unlock the bootloader and flash it. That functionality was shown off as working just recently at this year's Google I/O developer conference, under the name "Dynamic System Updates," or DSU. (It's not the most descriptive name, since DSU effectively lets you live boot into other Android images.) We were told the functionality would eventually make its way to Android Q, and as of Beta 4, it has.

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Dynamic System Updates will bring temporary bootable images to Android

The Android Playground exhibit at Google I/O 2019 had plenty to show off: Android TV boxes playing games, improvements to Android Studio, all the latest Wear OS watches, and more. In one corner of the area, Google was showing off an experimental feature that doesn't even have a final name — and it might make developer's lives (and my life) much easier.

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