Google began to deploy an updated "Check for updates" page on some Pixel devices with a new circular animation.
The update does not really introduce anything new. Users will notice a centered title and a blue telephone icon, a large blue circle animation and the absence of the blue status bar and the black navigation bar.
The strangest thing about the change is that it seems to be a server-side update. The new animation has only appeared for users selected in Play Service version 15.0.85. Nobody in MobileSyrup has received the new look yet.
In other words, Google is implementing what can be one of the most basic visual updates I've seen in a long time through a server-side update. It really seems a bit silly.
I suppose Google could have adopted this approach to avoid breaking the "Check for updates" button again. The company recently adjusted the button after breaking it twice in 2017.
In any case, those who get the new animation will have something to enjoy while they wait for the next Android update, at least.
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Source: Android Police