What is Firmware Over the Air FOTA?

The recent data theft incident involving ADUPS technologies has brought into focus FOTA, which stands for Firmware Over the Air. For many, this is a new terminology concept and a whole new concept. Most consumers are familiar with downloading software updates to a phone or computer. But firmware downloads must be handled differently because they deal with different components and operations on a device.

Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA) is a Mobile Software Management (MSM) technology that wirelessly upgrades the operating firmware of a mobile device. FOTA-capable phones download upgrades directly from the service provider. The process usually takes three to 10 minutes, depending on connection speed and file size. ADUPS is a service provider, and provides FOTA service for hundreds of companies including ZTE, Huawei, and BLU Products.

See our infographic to learn more about how FOTA works.

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