Microsoft bringing option to pause automatic firmware updates on Teams Android

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A new update on the Microsoft 365 roadmap has confirmed that Microsoft will soon allow IT administrators to track and pause automatic firmware updates on Teams for Android, more specifically on Teams Rooms on Android and Android-based Teams Phones, Panels, and displays. This was added to the roadmap earlier today and will allow admins to have more control of firmware updates.

Device firmware, among other things, can be remotely updated via the Teams Admin Center, and the new feature will also work in a similar manner. The ID for the new change is 119389 and it says:

Microsoft Teams: Track and pause automatic firmware updates for Android-based Teams devices in the Teams Admin Center

With this feature, IT admins can track which firmware is being rolled out through automatic updates via the Teams Admin Center and when. Additionally, automatic updates can be paused temporarily, allowing time to validate scenarios. This feature is applicable for Teams Rooms on Android and Android-based Teams Phones, Panels, and displays.

Although the Teams Admin Center only pushes updates which are labeled “Verified by Microsoft”, be it automatic or manual, this new option will give administrators additional flexibility as automatic updates can now be paused temporarily. The feature is set to be generally available next month.

Microsoft says that automatic updates will be sped up in the upcoming days so perhaps this feature may come in handy to system admins then.

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Google releases a new feature called Automatic Update Prompts to Android

Have you ever tried to open an app that worked perfectly fine a few months ago, only to find that it now crashes every time you try to launch it? It’s a really frustrating experience.

While it’s possible that the app developers have already fixed the crashing issue in a newer version of the application, most people will probably restart the phone first instead of immediately checking the app store for a more stable version where this issue might have been resolved.

And yeah, restarting your phone may fix the problem, but this may not always work, and if it doesn’t, you lose time and nerves because the app continues to crash. That is why it’s better to check for an updated version first. Fortunately, Google has introduced a new feature dubbed Automatic Update Prompts that makes this process much easier.

As the company announced on its Android developer blog, Automatic Update Prompts lets Android smartphones prompt users to update a crashing app if Google Play determines that a newer and stable version is available. The feature is compatible with phones and tablets running Android 7.0 and higher, which means even older devices like the first-ever Pixel smartphone can take advantage of this feature.

And if you decide to update the app to a more stable version, all you need to do is tap on the Update button located in the bottom-right corner of the message. Of course, as you can see from the screenshot, you can choose not to update the app. Also, as the message says, updating the app may resolve the issue. It doesn’t say it will definitely fix the problem.

According to Google, its new feature will help users update to the best available versions of the apps they use and help developers provide the

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