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.

July 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Phone] Bug fixes for system management & diagnostics, and utilities related services.[1][6]

Account Management

  • [Phone] The section headers in the Data & Privacy tab of the Google account settings have a new appearance.[2]
  • [Phone] Enhancements to in-app support experience.[5]
  • [Phone] Enhancements to user interface for Family Link.[5]
  • [Phone] Provide users with unified safety recommendations from the Google Account across Google apps.[6]

Device Connectivity

  • [Phone] APIs for developers to build seamless multi-device experiences.[5]
  • [Phone] With the Matter Developer Preview, you can set up and share Matter devices between Matter ecosystems.[6]
  • [Phone] Automatically switching bluetooth audio peripherals between your devices (phone, tablet, laptop).[6]
  • [Auto, Phone] Control whether a Cast Sender sees the self-device as a Cast target.[6]

Games

  • [Phone] Game Dashboard lets you choose longer battery life or higher performance, block out calls and notifications when playing, access Play Games achievements, and more. Available on select devices running Android T.[6]

Google Play Store

  • Improvements to 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

  • [Phone] Provide an ability to filter the data plans available to purchase by various categories received from the Carrier.[2]
  • [Phone] Enhanced system update flow to show features included in new Android updates.[4]

Wallet

  • [Phone] Updates user experience to latest Google Material design, rebrands as “Google Wallet”.[2]
  • [Phone] Updates the Passes rotating barcode feature.[6]
  • [Phone, WearOS] Add support for launching Google Wallet in 22 new countries.[6]

System Management

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

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Maps, Machine Learning & AI, and utilities related developer services in their apps.[6]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for July
[2] Available through Google Play services v22.22 updated on 07/28/2022
[3] Available through Google Play Store v31.1 updated on 07/28/2022.
[4] Available through Google Play services v22.24 updated on 07/28/2022.
[5] Available through Google Play services v22.26 updated on 07/28/2022.
[6] Available through Google Play services v22.30 updated on 07/28/2022.

June 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Bug fixes for account management, safety & emergency, and system management & diagnostics related services.[1][2][4]

Account Management

  • [Phone, Tablet] Enabled Google account related critical security alerts within Google apps.[4]

Device Connections

  • [Phone, Tablet, TV] Add support for storing and sharing Thread network credentials.[4]

Google Play Store

  • Improvements to 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] Support for shortcuts to the Password Manager.[2]
  • [Phone] The Google password manager can now be accessed through a URL.[4]

Utilities

  • [Phone] Updated Sync UI System with the latest Google Material design.[4]

System Management

  • Updates to system management services that improve device performance and stability & performance.[1][2][4][5]

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support account management, ads, and developer features related developer services in their apps.[1][2]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for June.
[2] Available through Google Play services v22.18 updated on 06/30/2022
[3] Available through Google Play Store v30.3 updated on 06/30/2022.
[4] Available through Google Play services v22.21 updated on 06/30/2022.
[5] Available through Google Play services v22.26 updated on 06/30/2022.

May 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Bug fixes for account management, utilities, and system management & diagnostics related services.[1][2]

Account Management

  • [Phone, Tablet] Migration of the existing device setup onboarding flow for supervised work accounts to a web based experience.[2]
  • [Phone] Ability for parents to set a persistent launcher on devices supervised with Family Link using local parental controls.[2]

Device Connections

  • [Phone, Tablet] Nearby Share now allows users to share content more seamlessly between their devices logged into the same account.[2]
  • [Auto] Support for installation and use of video streaming apps in-car infotainment systems through Android Automotive.[2]
  • [Phone] Streamlined the process of transferring Google accounts during device setup by prompting users to enable location services when required.[4]

Google Play Store

  • Improvements to 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] An updated version of Password Checkup on Android lets users check their saved credentials for security vulnerabilities and provides a list of actions to improve online hygiene.[4]

Support

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Design improvements to Google Help app.[2]

System Management

  • Updates to system management services that improve device connectivity and stability & performance.[1][2]

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support ads, location services, media, security & privacy, and utilities related developer services in their apps.[1][2]
  • New developer service and user experience to allow users to select specific photos or videos to share with an app rather than granting permission to all media files on the device. See https://developer.android.com/about/versions/13/features/photopicker for more information.[1]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for May.
[2] Available through Google Play services v22.15 updated on 05/16/2022.
[3] Available through Google Play Store v30.3 updated on 05/23/2022.
[4] Available through Google Play services v22.18 updated on 05/23/2022.

April 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Bug fixes for security & privacy, and system management & diagnostics related services.[1][2]

Account Management

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV] Introduction of new settings and notifications for on-device encrypted data to improve password security.[2]
  • [Auto, Phone] With updates to the Google Account design, you can observe an improved interface - cleaner and easier to understand.[2]
  • [Auto, Phone, TV] Technical migration to increase the scalability of the parental approval and consent experience on child devices. [2]

Google Play Store

  • Improvements to 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 improvements to Google Password Manager, users can now import passwords, store passwords for local users and switch accounts.[2]
  • [Phone] Remove support for using Find My Device on Android Work Profiles. [2]

Utilities

  • [Phone] Reminder experience for users to enable photo backups on their backup enabled devices. [2]
  • [Auto, Phone] Improved suggestion experience for Autofill. [2]

Wallet

  • [Auto, Phone] Updated Terms of Service for autofill service.[2]
  • [Phone] Support virtual card enrollments when using Autofill. A virtual card disguises your actual card to help protect you from potential fraud. [2]
  • [Phone] Added Wallet privacy controls to allow users control their wallet content and how this surfaces across other Google products. [2]

System Management

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

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support ads, accessibility, analytics & diagnostics and machine learning & AI, and security & privacy related developer services in their apps.[2]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for April.
[2] Available through Google Play services v22.12 updated on 04/25/2022.
[3] Available through Google Play Store v30.2 updated on 04/25/2022.

March 2022

Critical Fixes

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

Account Management

  • [Auto, Phone, TV] Users can view the Account Settings in two-pane mode (foldable & large-screen devices only).[2]

Games

  • [Phone, TV] With the update to the Play Games Services profile, users will be able to better manage their privacy settings.[2]

Google Play Store

  • Improvements to 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]

Safety & Emergency

  • [Phone] With Ukraine Air Raid Alerts, if you are in an area where the Government of Ukraine has issued an air raid alert, you may get a notification when the air raid alert is issued, and another notification when the air raid alert is canceled. The Government of Ukraine provides all air raid alert information.[4]

Support

  • [Phone, TV] Users can email the chat transcript to themselves in Google Help.[2]
  • [Phone] Improvements to the discovery experience through which users can learn about new useful features recently enabled on their devices.[2]

Wallet

  • [Phone] Improved user experience and feature education for NFC/HCE-enabled devices.[2]

System Management

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

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support ads, accessibility, analytics & diagnostics and machine learning & AI, and security & privacy related developer services in their apps.[2]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for March.
[2] Available through Google Play services v22.12 updated on 03/31/2022.
[3] Available through Google Play Store v29.9 updated on 03/31/2022.
[4] Available through Google Play services v22.06.18 updated on 03/10/2022.

February 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Phone] Bug fixes for device connectivity, developer services, safety & emergency, system management & diagnostics and utilities related services.[1][2]

Account Management

  • [Phone, Tablet] Updates a child's settings experience on supervised Android devices (under ‘Settings > Google > Parental controls') to include a read-only view of account settings and content restrictions for Google services such as Google Play, Search, Chrome and Assistant.[2]

Google Play Store

  • Improvements to 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]

Utilities

  • [Phone] Users can have the ability to back up MMS messages on their devices.[2]

Wallet

  • [Phone] Users can view the Google Pay balance on their card art.[2]
  • [Phone] Users can add cards from their mobile bank apps to to their wallet for in-store and online payments.[2]
  • [Phone, Wear OS] Users can view a step by step guide on how to pay contactless with your device.[2]
  • [Phone] Users can view digital COVID-19 certificates on recently unlocked device.[2]
  • [Phone] Added support for storing new cards & passes in your Wallets, such as gym memberships & library cards, reservations, parking passes, and more.[2]

System Management

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

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support ads, accessibility, analytics & diagnostics and machine learning & AI related processes in their apps.[2]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for February.
[2] Available through Google Play services v22.06 updated on 02/25/2022.
[3] Available through Google Play Store v29.5 updated on 02/25/2022.

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]
  • [Phone, Tablet] Notifications from Family Link on a child's device can redirect to parental controls using the Android Settings in two-pane mode (foldable & large-screen devices only). [2]
  • [Phone, Tablet] Parents helping their supervised children sign into their device will now be shown an option to also remotely install Family Link on their own device [2]

Google Play Store

  • Improvements to Play-as-you-download feature to let gamers start playing mobile games while the app download continues to reduce waiting times.[3]
  • 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]
  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] Some eligible cardholder users will default to SMS verification.[2]
  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] Allows purchase, digitization & use of supported transit passes for Pay As You Go (stored balance) in UK.[2

System Management

  • 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 and third party app developers to support ads, analytics & diagnostics, machine learning & AI and security and privacy related processes 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 updated on 01/28/2022.
[3] Available through Google Play Store v28.9 updated on 01/28/2022.

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 updated on 12/10/2021.
[3] Available through Google Play store v28.3 updated on 12/13/2021.

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