Those of you who highly enjoy ROMs like CyanogenMod 9 will be excited to hear that updating it has just gotten about twenty times easier than is usually has been. It’s very commons for users of devices with them and their stock software to get those beautiful and luxurious OTA updates. Owners of devices that are running custom ROMs are not so lucky to have such a feature and usually end up having to update it manually. Users who run a ROM on their device are going to have that luxury as the steam from the OTA (Over the Air) Update Center has developed a way to offer the free OTA service to any ROM developer that wants to use it. It sounds complicated, but it’s really straightforward and easy to use.
The Update Center application is install into the ROM system and then it communicates with the servers to share the various OTA Updates to anyone using that particular ROM. You have to remember though, that only works if the developer has installed the OTA Update Center into that ROM. This will help all users who have thrown a ROM on their device get the latest updates to said ROM in both a timely and efficient manner. It’s a really simple way for users to stay up to date with everything.
There’s a lot of ROM users out there that are all using many different ROMs. Thus, you’ll have to wait and see if your ROM developer has plans on incorporating the OTA Update Center to the ROM. If not, you’ll have to continue updating the ROM manually. It’s also possible that your ROM developer hasn’t heard of the Update Center yet, so even suggesting it to him might be a good idea. Either way, ROM Developers should honestly give the OTA Update Center a honest look. It’s a fantastic service and there are a lot of people that love it. They should at the very least take it for a spin and then decide whether they want to use it or not.
For developers, it’s very easy to go to their website (hit the source link) and head on over to the FAQ. It’ll give you a ton of instructions on how to add it into your ROM along with answering some questions from problems that may arise and how to fix those problems. There’s also a few FAQ’s for users who are trying to install the app through their installer.
The OTA Update Center is a fantastic way to keep ROMs up to date in a very timely manner. There’s no need to stalk the XDA Forums for the next update to Cyanogen Mod 9 or whatever your preferred ROM is. As far as I know currently, the servers are run off of donations and ads on their website, so it might be a good idea to look at giving the OTA Update Center a small donation o keep everything up and running. That is, only if you like the service though.
Anyway, have you tried the OTA Update Center out yet, do you like it? Let us know in the comments!
source: OTA Update Center