Why Android No Longer Needs a Cache Partition

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Why Android No Longer Needs a Cache Partition

Long-time Android power users will be all too familiar with the “clear cache” option in recovery, but thanks to some recent changes to how Android works, the cache partition is a thing of the past. Here’s why.

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Traditionally, Android would download an update, store it on the cache partition, and then apply it to the system partition when the device was rebooted. This process takes a little bit of time, then the OS has to “optimize” after the reboot is complete in order to clean up the installation. It’s not a bad system, per se—it’s just not as efficient as it could be.

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