Windows Update for mobile phones?
The Open Mobile Alliance has published its Firmware Update Management Object (FUMO): a standard which allows mobile phones to be updated over the air – from fixing a spelling mistake to changing the whole OS, all without bothering the user at all.
For all the complaints about Windows Update, there is value in the distributor of an operating system being able to issue updates, and few users are actually capable of installing those updates, even when prompted to do so. Windows Update has probably prevented more problems than it?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s caused. While some people want comprehensive control over updates and patches, the majority just want security and functionality improvements to happen when they?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢re not looking.
But enabling the same kind of functionality on mobile phones has proved a great deal more complicated. The lack of space to store a complete backup, and the relatively slow connectivity, has required that patches and upgrades need a visit to an approved service centre: a strange limitation for a networked device. The operating system on an embedded device, such as a mobile phone, is considered neither hard nor soft ware: so is known as ?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨?Ã¬firmware?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹, and Nokia’s recent decision to allow customers to upgrade their firmware at home reflects improvements in roll-back technologies and increased confidence in the stability of updates issued. But performing such an upgrade over the air is a big step from doing so over a nice, reliable, USB cable.
Full story: The Register