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 2023

Critical Fixes

  • [Phone, Wear OS] Bug fixes for Account Management, Security & Privacy, System Management & Diagnostics, and Utilities related services.[1][3][5]

Device Connectivity

  • [Phone] Support for device discovery when screen is off.[5]

Games

  • [Phone, PC] Expanding the range of users and use cases supported by the Play Games profile.[2]

Google Play Store

  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.[3]
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.[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] Password manager helps you save different passwords to your Google account and lets you use them across various websites and devices. With the new change, you will be able to add notes to your existing and new passwords.[5]

Utilities

  • [Phone] Improve user experience for auto filling passwords.[5]

Wallet

  • [Phone] Visual and infrastructure updates to Wallet mobile web experience.[4]
  • [Phone] Adds contactless data transfer (NFC) restrictions for passes.[5]

Developer Services

  • [Phone] New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Device Connectivity, Location & Context, Machine Learning & AI, Maps, and System Management & Diagnostics related developer services in their apps.[2][4][5]
  • [Phone] Update the platform QR scanner with the ability to select an existing photo and add support for handling Matter and UPI codes from OEM cameras.[4]

System Management

  • [Phone] Updates to System Management, and Usability services that improve Device Connectivity, Device Performance, Network Usage, Privacy, Security, Stability, and Usability.[1][2]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for January
[2] Available through Google Play services v01.23 updated on 01/18/2023
[3] Available through Google Play Store v33.5 updated on 01/18/2023
[4] Available through Google Play services v02.23 updated on 01/18/2023
[5] Available through Google Play services v03.23 updated on 01/19/2023

December 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Auto, Phone, TV] Bug fixes for Account Management, Security, Stability and Updatability related services.[2][5][6]

Device Connectivity

  • [Phone] Update Cast related settings.[2]
  • [Phone] Reduce delays in discovering contacts via Nearby share.[2]
  • [Phone] Inform the user when casting to a Tablet device needing user interaction.[2]
  • [Phone] Revamp the visual and motion design for Nearby Share Android app.[5]

Google Play Store

  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.[3]
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.[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]
  • [Phone] You can now view the installation progress of multiple apps and games as you navigate through Google Play.[3]
  • [Phone] Automatically archive apps when you need more storage space while preserving your data.[3]

Security & Privacy

  • [Phone] Find My Device now supports encrypted last-known-location reports for Android devices, using a new privacy centric framework.[6]

Support

  • [Phone] New feature enabling users to enter feedback description using voice input. Voice input will be enabled and transcribed only when users shows explicit intent to enter voice by clicking on the input button.[5]

Wallet

  • [Phone] Beta feature to allow users from selected US state(s) to digitize their state ID/driver's license into the Google Wallet for convenient, private and secure presentation.[2]
  • [Phone] With Wallet, you can now manage payment cards on your Fitbit device.[4]
  • [Phone] An internal feature that allows checking the quality of ID images during customer identity verification for Google products.[6]

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Ads, Device Connectivity, Location & Context, Maps, and Utilities related developer services in their apps.[2][5][6][7]

System Management

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

[2] Available through Google Play services v48.22 updated on 12/01/2022
[3] Available through Google Play Store v33.5 updated on 12/05/2022
[4] Available through Google Play services v41.22 updated on 12/05/2022
[5] Available through Google Play services v49.22 updated on 12/08/2022
[6] Available through Google Play services v50.22 updated on 12/15/2022
[7] Available through Google Play services v52.22 updated on 12/29/2022

November 2022

Critical Fixes

  • [Phone] Bug fixes for Account Management, and System Management & Diagnostics related services.[4][6]
  • [Phone] Bug fixes for system management & diagnostics, and utilities related services.[1]

Account Management

  • [Phone] Allow supervised users that do not have time limit features enabled to make changes to the device clock.[2]
  • [Phone] Update the design of the Google Account account picker.[9]

Device Connectivity

  • [Phone] Nearby Share will now show in the first row as a sharing option.[6]

Google Play Store

  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.[3]
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.[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]
  • [Phone] New formats for search results.[3]
  • [Phone] Updates to game cluster views on Play for Chromebooks.[3]
  • [Phone] Update to Kids menu format on large screen devices.[3]
  • [Phone] Allow automatic updates over limited mobile data of Google Play apps for users who do not have regular access to WIFI.[7]
  • [Phone] Help users to resolve app crashes with new update prompts.[8]
  • [Phone] Archive apps when you need more storage space while preserving your data.[10]

Wallet

  • [Phone] Allows merchants to create the GPay button dynamically to customize it.[2]
  • [Phone] API update to allow deep links to additional Google Wallet screens.[2]
  • [Phone] Improvements to SMART Health Card support within Wallet.[4]
  • [Phone] Wallet users can selectively exclude loyalty cards imported from Gmail.[4]
  • [Phone] Expand FeliCa payment support to all FeliCa-capable devices in Japan.[4]
  • [Phone] Verification notification for users completing an Online transaction with GPay button.[4]
  • [Phone] Restrict Passes to a single device or user.[4]
  • [Phone] Major improvements that impact the functionality of digital car key.[6]

Developer Services

  • [Phone] Enable photo picker support back to Android 4.4.[5]
  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Account Management, and Machine Learning & AI related developer services in their apps.[6]

System Management

  • Updates to system management services that improve device connectivity, network usage, security, stability, and updatability.[1]
  • [Phone] Support for new daylight saving time change in Fiji and Mexico.[1]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for November
[2] Available through Google Play services v44.22 updated on 11/03/2022
[3] Available through Google Play Store v33.3 updated on 11/14/2022
[4] Available through Google Play services v45.22 updated on 11/10/2022
[5] Available through Google Play services v43.22 updated on 11/04/2022
[6] Available through Google Play services v46.22 updated on 11/17/2022
[7] Available through Google Play Store v32.9 updated on 11/14/2022
[8] Available through Google Play Store v33.2 updated on 11/15/2022
[9] Available through Google Play services v47.22 updated on 11/24/2022
[10] Available through Google Play Store v33.4 updated on 11/24/2022

October 2022

Critical Fixes

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

Device Connectivity

  • [Wear OS] Enables network-based location APIs on Wear.[2]
  • [Phone] With the new setup flow, users have a more seamless experience when setting up their new phone.[4]

Google Play Store

  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.[3]
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.[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]
  • [Phone] Updates to the search results experience to help you discover better quality apps.[3]
  • [TV] Users can now view and create TV specific app ratings and reviews from their TV or phone.[3]
  • [Phone] You will see updated designs to how events, updates, offers and editorial content are displayed.[3]
  • [Auto, Phone, TV] Updated design for Google Play Protect Dialogs.[3]
  • [Phone] Improved discovery of rewards and offers from Google Play.[3]

Support

  • [Phone] Add ability for Google Help to respect custom in-app languages in Google apps.[5]
  • [Phone] New feature that helps shoppers communicate product context to businesses using chat.[4]

Utilities

  • [Phone] Improvements to the sorting of password autofill suggestions.[4]
  • [Phone] Wallet access from lock screen will be redirected to Google Wallet home screen on Pixel 7 (Pro).[4]

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Machine Learning & AI related developer services in their apps.[4]

System Management

  • Updates to system management services that improve device connectivity, device performance, network usage, privacy, security, stability, and updatability.[1][2][5]
  • [TV] A reminder dialog for pending system updates has been added.[2]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for October
[2] Available through Google Play services v36.22 updated on 10/20/2022
[3] Available through Google Play Store v32.8 updated on 10/17/2022
[4] Available through Google Play services v42.22 updated on 10/28/2022
[5] Available through Google Play services v43.22 updated on 10/27/2022

September 2022

Account Management

  • [Phone] Allows users to hide recommended apps during the Google Kids Space onboarding flow.[2]
  • [Auto, Phone, TV, Wear] Improvements to account syncing and account recovery.[2]
  • [Phone] Ability to install Google Kids Space on a tablet's secondary user during device setup.[2]
  • [Phone] Bug fixes for system management & diagnostics, and utilities related services.[1]
  • [Phone] With the migration of the parental approval and consent to Google Material 3, users will experience a more consistent UI experience in-line with Google design standards.[4]

Device Connectivity

  • [Phone] Switches bluetooth audio peripherals between supported phones and watches for calls.[5]

Google Play Store

  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.[3]
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.[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]
  • [Wear OS] With updates to the Play Store on Wear OS home page, users can experience a new content forward display that makes it easier to find recommended apps.[3]
  • [Wear OS] When users install an app on their Wear OS device that requires a companion app, their mobile device will automatically install the companion app.[3]
  • [Wear OS] New secondary menu to allow users to browse recommended apps for their Wear OS, Android TV or Android Auto devices from their Android phones.[3]
  • [Phone] Learn more about Play’s Top Picks by expanding results to see more details about the app or game directly within the Play’s Top Picks module.[3]
  • [Phone] Help users make better install decisions with updates to app details pages.[3]
  • [Phone] Check the status of app installs happening on other devices you own.[3]
  • [Phone] Optimize menu navigation for large screens on landscape mode.[3]
  • [Phone] Provide information about device security from Google Play Protect in the system Security and Privacy settings page on specific Android 13 devices.[3]
  • [Phone] Help users learn about availability of titles for Google Play Games on PC.[3]

Support

  • [Phone] Android 13 consumer education experience.[2]

Utilities

  • [Auto, Phone] Autofill will now notify users if their sign-on credentials have been found in a public data breach.[2]

Wallet

  • [Phone] You can now get visual feedback when you lock, unlock, or start your car with a digital car key.[2]
  • [Wear OS] This feature lets you add new forms of payment to Google Pay in Japan.[2]
  • [Phone] Enable showing open loop transit agencies in list of purchasable transit passes.[2]

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Account Management, Machine Learning & AI, Security & Privacy related developer services in their apps.[2][4]

System Management

  • Updates to system management services that improve device performance, device connectivity, network usage, security, stability, and updatability.[1][4]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for September
[2] Available through Google Play services v36.22 updated on 09/29/2022
[3] Available through Google Play Store v32.4 updated on 09/30/2022
[4] Available through Google Play services v39.22 updated on 09/29/2022
[5] Available through Google Play services v31.22 updated on 09/29/2022

August 2022

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

  • [Phone] Adds new APIs to the Android credential store to support the Secure Payment Confirmation Web Platform API.[2]

Support

  • [Phone] This release adds link groups to Google Help to give users detailed help instructions from apps.[2]
  • [Phone] Adds support for Material 3 dynamic color in Android Help.[2]

System Management & Diagnostics

  • [Phone] New settings screens provide better visibility into and control over the functionality in Google Play services on your device.[2]

Utilities

  • [Phone] New UI for AutoFill.[2]

Wallet

  • [Phone] Allows users to add new eMoney cards to Google Pay to pay on transit and in stores in Japan.[2]

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third party app developers to support Location & Context, and Maps related developer services in their apps.[2]

System Management

  • Updates to system management services that improve device connectivity, network usage, security, stability, and updatability.[1][2]
  • [Phone] Support for new daylight saving time change in Chile.[1]

[1] Available through Google Play system update for August
[2] Available through Google Play services v34.22 updated on 08/26/2022
[3] Available through Google Play Store v31.1 updated on 07/28/2022

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, Wear OS] 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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