One of the bigger annoyances of living in the ROM universe is having to hunt down and install your own updates. While not exactly painful, sometimes special tools or applications are required, and it can be a bit off-putting to people who are new to the Android modding community.
However, thanks to a new service, this annoyance may soon become a thing of the past.
It's called OTA Update Center, and it's a service that allows ROMs to be updated over the air (OTA)—much like the official updates you get from your carrier or Google. Installing a ROM that uses this service will install the OTA Update Center app on your phone, which will alert you when a new update is available for your ROM.
Granted, when you update your ROM in this way you still have to wipe out all your personal data, but the process isn't as convuluted as it is right now. The OTA Update Center will even show you a changelog, so you can decide whether the new features are worth wiping your phone for.
To me, a long standing point of contention with ROMs going mainstream was the fact that you had to unlock, root and then go through fastboot etc every time you wanted to make a change to your device. If the OTA Update Center team can usher in a new era of ROM updates, who knows; this could be the beginning of a new golden age for Android ROM users.
This story, "New service makes it easier to update Android ROMs" was originally published by TechHive.