Besides a big yearly update, the Android phone also receives many other small updates and Google Play System updates are one of them.
What is Google Play System Update?
Google Play System Updates also known as Project Mainline were introduced in Android 10. All Android 10 and newer devices receive Google Play System updates from time to time. These updates are sent out by Google itself.
Google Play System updates mainly to address security issues. However, they are not the same as the monthly Android security patches. These updates help fix bugs and make other necessary improvements in Android 10 and higher devices.
Why Google Play System Update is Important?
Google does an excellent job at patching vulnerabilities and fixing bugs. It sends the code to device manufacturers to patch their Android devices. But due to full support from OEMs, millions of devices go without any updates and stay vulnerable to attacks.
Instead of relying on OEMs, Google wants to gain full control over the security aspect of Android devices. By doing so, it wants to release critical bug fixes and improvements. This is where Google Play Security updates come into the scene.
They introduced Google Play System Updates with Android 10 and with Android 11 Google has added 12 more Mainline Modules and all of them must be implemented by OEMs.
Hopefully, now the concept of Google Play System Updates is clear to you.
How to Update Google Play System to the Latest Version?
You can update Google Play System to the latest version by following below simple steps on any Android device.
- Open ‘Settings’ on your Android device.
- Then scroll down to ‘Security’ and tap on it.
- Under Security Status section, you’ll see ‘Google Play System Update’. Tap on it.
- Then it will start checking for the latest Google Play System Update.
- If there’s any update available, Download & Install button will appear. Tap on it and it will start downloading the update.
- It may require to reboot the device in order to finish the installation process.
- Once it’s installed, you’ll be able to see the latest version information.
‘Android Security Update’ and ‘Google Play Security Update’ both are different and they won’t necessarily have the same date.
What is the Latest Google Play System Update?
As verified on a Google Pixel 3a device, the latest Google Play System Update is August 1, 2021. But it may be different depending upon your Android device.
We’ll update here every time the new Google Play System Update is rolled out.
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