Google Play system updates in April for Android phones will bring new Play Pass and Play Points features, app discovery methods, and more.
In recent months, Google has started providing release notes for new features and changes to what it calls the “Google system”. This includes updates to the Google Play Store and Google Play Services, as well as minor updates to your phone itself via Google Play System Updates. Instead of providing individual release notes for each aspect, Google bundles them all together in one place as new features/tweaks often include updates from a combination of all three.
The easiest way to check if you need to update Google Play Services on your phone is to follow a direct link to the Play Store listing for the app and update from there, if available. To update the Play Store, click on your avatar in the corner, then on “Settings”. Under the About section, you will see the Play Store Update option. Meanwhile, Google Play system updates can be found through the Settings app, under About phone > Android version > Google Play system update.
So far, for the April 2022 Google Play updates, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of interesting new features. The few features, which you will need to investigate, include new features for Play Pass and Play Points, along with some new ways to discover apps through the Play Store.
Play Points improvements may have already been rolled out for some, as the rewards program recently allowed some customers to apply their points directly to a purchase rather than buying credits in 100 point intervals.
To see the benefits of these improvements, you’ll need to make sure your device has the Google Play system update April, Play Services version 22.12, and Play Store version 29.9, all of which should start rolling out April 1.
Update 4/1: Google revised the release notes for April 2022 operating system updates, adding new vehicle-specific changes. One particularly interesting line refers to the ability to watch broadcast video applications on the infotainment system through “Android Auto”. Google confirmed that this actually refers to the recently announced support for apps like YouTube in cars that have Android Automotive built into them.
Another new addition refers to settings related to encrypted files on your device, with the goal of keeping your passwords safe. Both changes have been added below.
Update 4/15: In the past few days, Google has provided some additional notes to the April changelog. The new notes show that information about your Google account should be better organized soon. Under the newly added security and privacy heading, we’ve found that Google Passwords on mobile is gaining the ability to import passwords, a feature already available through the web app.
In addition, the company has removed the previously added reference to video applications for in-vehicle infotainment systems. It’s possible that this removal is related to the syntax rather than the lack of the feature itself.
Google Play April 2022 Updates
- [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Bug fixes for security, privacy, services related to system administration and diagnostics.
- [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV] Introducing new settings and notifications for encrypted data on the device to improve password security.
- [Auto, Phone] With updates to the design of the Google account, you can observe an improved interface – clearer and easier to understand.
- [Auto] Support for the installation and use of video streaming applications in the in-vehicle infotainment systems through Android Auto.
Google Play Store
- Improvements have been made to the Play-as-you-download feature to allow players to start playing mobile games while downloading the app continues to reduce wait times.
- New features to help you discover the apps and games you love.
- Improvements that allow for faster and more reliable downloads and installations.
- New features for Play Pass and Play Points.
- Improvements to Google Play Billing.
- Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device secure.
- Various performance improvements, bug fixes, security, stability, and accessibility improvements.
Secretariat & amp; Privacy
- [Phone] Thanks to improvements in Google Password Manager, users can now import passwords, store passwords for local users, and switch accounts.
- System management services updates that improve device connectivity, network usage, stability, security, and updateability.
- New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support advertising, accessibility, analytics, diagnostics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and developer services related to security and privacy in their apps.
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