The July 2022 updates to the Google Play System are set to bring the full “Google Wallet” rebrand, along with some new forms of “multi-device experiences.”
While much of Android is open source and highly modifiable, many of our phones’ most critical features are actually powered by Google Play Services. That core app works in conjunction with the Play Store and Android’s monthly “Google Play system updates.” Over the course of each month, Google steadily releases patch notes for this trio (otherwise known as the “Google System”).
The easiest way to check whether 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 “Settings.” Under the “About” section, you’ll see an option to “Update Play Store.” Meanwhile, Google Play system updates can be found through the Settings app, under About phone > Android version > Google Play system update.
Google has released the first batch of July’s Play System update notes a bit later than usual this month, possibly owing to the first Monday being a holiday. In the first wave, we find that the previously announced rebrand of Google Pay to “Google Wallet” should be coming quite soon, along with the previously previewed Material You redesign.
Another section reveals that Android developers will have new ways to build “seamless multi-device experiences.” This is likely referring to the Nearby Share APIs that were announced at Google I/O. Additionally, it seems Google’s July updates will be tweaking the “Data & Privacy” tab in account settings.
Update 7/16: In the second batch of release notes, Google says July’s Play System improvements are designed to make it easier to understand what’s new in each Android update. It’s not clear yet whether this is referring to major updates like the upcoming jump to Android 13 or the typical monthly security updates.
Additionally, updates to Google Play Services this month should bring “enhancements” to receiving in-app support and to the design of Android’s parental controls app, Family Link.
Google Play System updates for July 2022
- [Phone] The section headers in the Data & Privacy tab of the Google account settings have a new appearance.
- [Phone] Enhancements to in-app support experience.
- [Phone] Enhancements to user interface for Family Link.
- [Phone] APIs for developers to build seamless multi-device experiences.
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.
- New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.
- Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.
- New features to the Play Pass and Play Points programs.
- Enhancements to Google Play Billing.
- Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.
- Various performance optimizations, bug fixes and improvements to security, stability and accessibility.
- [Phone] Provide an ability to filter the data plans available to purchase by various categories received from the Carrier.
- [Phone] Enhanced system update flow to show features included in new Android updates.
- [Phone] Updates user experience to latest Google Material design, rebrands as “Google Wallet.”
- New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support Maps-related developer services in their apps.
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