Google Over-the-Air (GOTA) - How does it work?

Kumaresh90
Level 1.6: Donut

Hi, 

Apologies for putting this as a generic query. I'm trying to find some answers to below questions regarding the working of GOTA solution. 

1) Is GOTA a SaaS solution provided by google where authorized device resellers can create accounts and add customer devices for managing OTA updates?

2) Do each reseller (Eg- HMD, Samsung etc.) maintain separate tenant in GOTA or it is just a separate account within one tenant?

3) If an organization is already using GOTA services through one reseller (Eg- Samsung), what is the process for setting up GOTA services with a different reseller (HMD)? Once signed-up will the customer devices be maintained in two separate tenants/accounts within GOTA?

4) Is there a default behavior for OTA update release on GOTA devices? Will they be blocked from receiving any updates until customer approval or will they receive all updates by default until customer asks the reseller to block a particular update?

 

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jasonbayton
Level 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich

Hi @Kumaresh90 

 

Good questions! Not wholly enterprise but I have experience managing OTA updates with GOTA working in an OEM so -

 

GOTA is only available to OEMs. Hardware resellers don't see it. Each OEM has their own account and devices when approved by Google are registered into GOTA for update management by the OEM. 

 

If a customer happens to have a custom certified software SKU (image), some control over update frequency and schedule is possible through working directly with the OEM, otherwise no, your devices will see the same schedule all others on that SKU will, and you'll need to lean on alternative APIs (such as system update management) to schedule/postpone them. 

 

There are OTA platforms outside of GOTA, such as Samsung's e-FOTA, Motorola and HMD have their own also. These function wholly the same but offer customer control through direct customer portal access.

 

Hope that helps!

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jasonbayton
Level 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich

Hi @Kumaresh90 

 

Good questions! Not wholly enterprise but I have experience managing OTA updates with GOTA working in an OEM so -

 

GOTA is only available to OEMs. Hardware resellers don't see it. Each OEM has their own account and devices when approved by Google are registered into GOTA for update management by the OEM. 

 

If a customer happens to have a custom certified software SKU (image), some control over update frequency and schedule is possible through working directly with the OEM, otherwise no, your devices will see the same schedule all others on that SKU will, and you'll need to lean on alternative APIs (such as system update management) to schedule/postpone them. 

 

There are OTA platforms outside of GOTA, such as Samsung's e-FOTA, Motorola and HMD have their own also. These function wholly the same but offer customer control through direct customer portal access.

 

Hope that helps!

Kumaresh90
Level 1.6: Donut

Thank you for the response Bayton!