The July 2022 updates to the Google Play system are set to bring the full rebrand of “Google Wallet” along with some new forms of “multi-device experiences.”
While much of Android is open source and highly modifiable, many of the core features of our phones are actually powered by Google Play Services. This core app works in conjunction with the Play Store and Android’s monthly “Google Play System Updates”. Throughout the course of each month, Google regularly releases patch notes for this trio (aka the “Google System”).
The easiest way to check if you need to update Google Play services on your phone is to follow a direct link to the app’s Play Store listing and update from there if available. To update the Play Store, tap your avatar in the corner, then tap Settings. Under the “About” section, you will see an “Update Play Store” option. In the meantime, you can find Google Play system updates from the Settings app under About phone > Android version > Google Play system update.
Google released the first batch of July update notes for the Play system a little later than usual this month, possibly because the first Monday is a public holiday. In the first wave, we note that the previously announced rebranding of Google Pay to “Google Wallet” should be coming fairly soon, along with the previously previewed redesign of Material You.
Another section shows that Android developers will have new possibilities to create “seamless multi-device experiences”. This is likely related to the Nearby Share APIs announced at Google I/O. Additionally, Google’s July updates seem to streamline the “Data & Privacy” tab in Account Settings.
Update 07/16: In the second set of release notes, Google says that July’s improvements to the Play system should make it easier to understand what’s new in each Android update. It is still unclear whether this means major updates such as the upcoming jump to Android 13 or the typical monthly security updates.
Additionally, updates to Google Play services this month should bring “improvements” to getting in-app support and the design of Family Link, Android’s parental control app.
Google Play System Updates for July 2022
- [Phone] The section headings in the “Data & privacy” tab of the Google account settings have a new look.
- [Phone] Improvements to the in-app support experience.
- [Phone] Family Link UI improvements.
- [Phone] APIs for developers to create seamless multi-device experiences.
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- Improvements to the play-as-you-download feature to allow players to start playing mobile games, while app download further reduces wait times.
- New features to help you discover your favorite apps and games.
- Optimizations that allow faster and more reliable download and installation.
- New features for the Play Pass and Play Points programs.
- Google Play billing improvements.
- Continuous improvements to Play Protect to protect your device.
- Various performance optimizations, bug fixes, and improvements related to security, stability, and accessibility.
- [Phone] Offer the possibility to filter the data packages available for purchase according to different categories received from the network operator.
- [Phone] Improved system update flow to show features included in new Android updates.
- [Phone] Updates the user experience to the latest Google material design and is renamed “Google Wallet”.
- New developer capabilities for Google and third-party app developers to support Maps-related developer services in their apps.
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