What's new in Google System Updates

Google System updates make your Android devices more secure and reliable and give you new and useful features. They include updates from Google to the Android operating system, Google Play Store, and Google Play services. Google System updates are available for phones, tablets, Android TV and Google TV devices, Android Auto-enabled vehicles, Wear OS devices, and Chrome OS devices. Learn more about Google System updates.

 

 January 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Tablet, Wear OS, Phone] Bug fixes for device connectivity, safety & emergency, system management & diagnostics and media related services.[1][2]

Account Management

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Improve the support experience for the Google Account on Android by serving more relevant content to users based on entry point. [2]

Google Play Store

  • Play-as-you-download feature to let gamers start playing mobile games while the app download continues to reduce waiting times. [3]
  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.[3] 
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.[3]
  • New features to the Play Pass and Play Points programs. [3]
  • Enhancements to Google Play Billing. [3]
  • Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe. [3]
  • Various performance optimizations, bug fixes and improvements to security, stability and accessibility. [3]

Security & Privacy

  • [Phone] With password addition, you can manually add credentials for apps and sites to the Google Password Manager.[2]

Support 

  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] New user discovery flow on supported Android devices to explain what's new in a major operating system update.[2]

Utilities

  • [Phone] With the update to Android TV, users will have a new way of signing in to their TV using Android Phones.[2]
  • [Phone]  With updates to the new version of Contact UI, users can opt in to consents.[2]

Wallet 

  • [Phone] Users will have the ability to search for the agency they are looking for without manually scrolling.[2]
  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] Some eligible cardholder users will default to SMS verification.[2]
  • [Phone, Wear OS] Improvements to Wallet landing experience.[2]

System Management 

  • With updates to the timezone management system, added support for new daylight savings time transition changes in various countries.[1]
  • Updates to system management services that improve device connectivity, network usage, stability, security and updatability. [1][2]

Developer Services 

  • New developer features for Google & 3rd party app developers to support ads, analytics & diagnostics, machine learning & AI related developer services in their apps.[2]
  • Improvements to the Sign in with Google user interface[2]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for January.

[2] Available through Google Play services v22.02.03 updated on 01/14/2022.

[3] Available through Google Play Store v28.8 updated on 01/14/2022.

 

 

December 2021

Critical Fixes

  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] Bug fixes for device connectivity, safety & emergency, system management & diagnostics and media related services.[1][2]

Games

  • [Phone, TV] With updates to Play Games Services, you can now sign in and manage your Google Play Games Profile and your privacy and sign-in settings without having to install the Google Play Games app.[2]

Google Play Store

  • Play-as-you-download feature to let gamers start playing mobile games while the app download continues to reduce waiting times.[3]
  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.[3] 
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.[3]
  • New features to the Play Pass and Play Points programs.[3]
  • Enhancements to Google Play Billing.[3]
  • Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.[3]
  • Various performance optimizations, bug fixes and improvements to security, stability and accessibility.[3]

Support

  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] With updates to the new version of mobile data plan UI, you can have a better experience of selecting the data plan.[2]

Utilities

  • [Auto, Phone]  With update to Autofill, for some users in US, we have added risk-based authentication to Virtual card transactions.[2]
  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] With the update to Contacts, users can import contacts from SIM card to your google account from the google contacts sync setting page.[2] 

Wallet

  • [Phone, Tablet] Added support for Israel, Kazakhstan, and the Netherlands.[2]
  • [Phone] With digital car key, you can lock, unlock and start your car with just your phone (requires compatible car and phone model).[2]

System Management 

  • Updates to system management services that improve battery life, device connectivity, network usage, privacy, stability, security and updatability. [1][2]

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google & 3rd party app developers to support analytics & diagnostics and device connectivity related developer services in their apps.[2]

 

[1] Available through Google Play system update for December.

[2] Available through Google Play services v21.45.13 updated on 12/10/2021.

[3] Available through Google Play store v28.3 updated on 12/13/2021.

 

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