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OTA Update Center Allows Custom ROM Developers to Push OTA Updates to Users

The perfect service for ROM developers was announced this morning. The service is called OTA Update Center and allows for developers to host their ROM’s on the site’s servers, which can allow for the pushing of OTA updates to end-users. What makes it different from applications like ROM Manager is that it takes a lot of the legwork out of pushing updates to users. The user has an application that talks to the service’s servers which will let the device know that it is up to date.

As for when we can see it, it’s going to be all up to the developers to implement it into their ROM’s. If you want to see an OTA feature introduced into your ROM, get a hold your developers and request it. As a bonus, it’s a free service.

OTA Update Center

Via: XDA

Cheers Nick!

  • jonny6pak

    This seems different from ROM Manager and Goo Manager in that it allows for true ROM updates instead of pushing an entirely new ROM. That’s great, assuming it catches on and works well. Ideally, I really wish we could get to a system where the update requires no manual work of any kind. No backing up or restoring apps and data, no fiddling with settings… just hit the update button. When it’s done, everything is up and running and ready to roll. I hope this brings that experience.

    • That depends purely on the ROM itself.

      You can make update packages for CM9, sure. But: first, they’ll be incremental, second, any major changes will require wipes. The CM team (and other teams) aren’t focused on making seamless, backwards-compatible updates.

      • jonny6pak

        I know, I know… but I can still dream 🙂


    I miss Liberty and Team Black Hat since I went HTC…. 🙁

  • picaso86

    Cyanogenmod roms have this feature available? I am running JB CM10 on a Razr Maxx

  • capecodcarl

    This feature has been built into ROM Manager for a long time as well though. I remember when I had an OG Droid I’d get notifications periodically from ROM Manager that Cyanogenmod or another supported ROM had an update available and it would just let me download it and install it.

  • wickets

    Nice!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the tip

  • Tcali

    Hasn’t sourcery been doing this since the days of the Droid?

  • SeanBello

    hopefully changelogs are included lol

  • ericsorensen

    I’d pay for this. I can see AOKP sending down a 5MB file adding more features as they get them figured out. “Official” OTA updates can do this without having to wipe and restore apps and data. And I bet our favorite developers can get those OTA’s out faster than the bumbling Verizon bureaucracy.

  • Ray

    goo manager already does this

    • As the Dothraki would say, it is known.

    • mbaldwin85

      Exactly what I was thinking. It actually just told me that Jelly Belly 6.0.1 is out

  • sc4fpse

    Free service? I hate to say it, but I hope they realize they’ll have to start charging for it at some point. With Jelly Bean, ROM file sizes for me at least doubled. They’re ~200 MB each, and with thousands of people downloading all at once, you’re looking at some incredibly slow (and unsuccessful) downloads. No free service can provide the bandwidth necessary for this sort of thing. 🙁

    • I would gladly pay.

      This is like ROMing 2.0

      • sc4fpse

        Agreed. It’s always sad to see a free service become not-so-free, but I too would gladly pay a small fee for something like this.

    • Bill

      You host it on another site like goo.im, google drive, dropbox, etc. OTA Update Center is sort of like a middle man that downloads the rom from whatever site it’s hosted on, reboots into recovery, and flashes it from what I understand.

  • This needs to automatically back up all user apps plus data and market link, wipe data and cache, flash all necessary zips, then restore apps automatically.

    I would then start recommending rooting and ROMing to everybody.

    • AhsanS

      You can check a box for wipe data and cache (I believe) and it does it for you.

      • I know how to do it.
        I’m talking more about people who know absolutely nothing about any of this stuff. It needs to be fully automated and completely fool proof.

        No check boxes, just a single update button like a regular over the air update.

        • AhsanS

          Ah, I didn’t read your last sentence. My fault.

  • InyRules

    OMG if this happens I am rooting and installing a ROM in a heart beat. Part if why I never rooted my new phone is just that I didn’t want to deal with all the legwork anymore with everything else I have to do. This is just perfect!

    • You didn’t do anything in the first place o.o

      • InyRules

        Well, I’m doing the rest of my life. I spent a lot of time flashing ROMs on my EVO that I could spent doing something else.

    • Tcali

      If you have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you can install Sourcery which has over-the-air updates built in!

    • Jwhap

      Most of your minor rom updates can be dirty flashed which only requires dalvik cache wipe. All of your apps and widgets remain the way they were. Not to mention Titanium Backup will do most of this on the larger rom updates. I generally can update a major rom update or flash a new rom in about 30 minutes or less……I am using Bugless Beast as my daily driver, which I could not even tell you what the updates have even done as the first couple of releases have been close to flawless!

  • realfoxm

    Automatically as in I don’t need to manually download, reboot into recovery and dirty flash? I hope so, because too manager already let’s me check for updates.

  • Lakerfan

    C’mon Bugless Beast!

    • Will Rehse

      @Peter Alfonso needs to get on this!!