FOTA (technology)

FOTA (Technology)

FOTA (technology)

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FOTA is an acronym for Firmware Over-the-Air. It is used for upgrades to mobile phones and PDAs. The feature goes by several names including Software Update, Firmware Update or Device Management. Originally, firmware updates required visiting a specific service center, every mobile brand having their own. Another method has been upgrading by connecting your phone via a cable to your PC. Both these methods are considered inconvenient by consumers and also depend heavily on consumers to seek out the upgrade, and therefore the majority of mobile phone manufacturers and operators have now adopted FOTA technology for their handsets. If the mobile phone has FOTA capability, you can instead download the firmware upgrade over the air directly from your mobile phone service provider. It also allows manufacturers and operators to "push out" firmware upgrades to ensure that mobile consumers have the latest software improvements, which helps reduce customer support costs and increase consumer satisfaction. The process typically takes between 3 and 10 minutes, depending on the size of the upgrade file and the speed of your wireless connection.

Open Mobile Alliance has released a testing process specification on which standardize testing methods for FOTA.

Most major mobile phone manufacturers provide information about software updating on their websites, typically in their customer support section. They usually list which handset models support over-the-air software updating (via...
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