Google has just released a batch of System app updates that bring a host of new features and improvements to Pixel and other Android devices. These updates also target users of other Google products such Wear OS, Google TV, Android TV, Android Auto, and PC. Whether you’re a developer, a tech enthusiast, or just someone who wants to make the most out of their Pixel, there’s something here for everyone. Let’s dive into what’s new and why you should be excited.

Just so you know, the Google apps that fall under “Google System” include Adaptive Connectivity Services, Android System Intelligence, Android TV Core Services, Android WebView, Device Health Services, Settings Services, Google Play Store, Google Play system, and the SIM Manager.

Google Play Services v24.23 brings enhanced developer and user experiences

Released on June 12, 2024, Google Play Services v24.23 comes with a slew of new features, particularly for developers. Here’s what’s noteworthy:

    1. Developer services: Both Google and third-party app developers can now access new features to enhance Maps and Account Management functionalities in their apps. This means more seamless integrations and innovative uses of Google Maps and account-related processes are on the horizon.

    2. Safety and emergency: In a significant boost to device security, there’s a new feature that auto-locks your device if it loses connectivity. This is particularly useful if your phone gets lost or stolen, adding an extra layer of protection for your personal data. While not confirmed, it’s very likely this refers to Offline Device Lock.

    3. Utilities: You can now use USB and Wi-Fi simultaneously during device setup for backup and restore operations. This makes transferring data to your new device faster and more efficient.

Device Health Services v1.27.0.638152889: Smarter battery management

Released a day earlier on June 11, 2024, this update focuses on optimizing Adaptive Battery functionalities. Expect your Pixel to manage power even better, prolonging battery life and ensuring that your device is always ready when you need it. This should come in handy for those with battery drain issues

Android WebView v126: Enhanced security and developer options

The latest Android WebView update, released on June 5, 2024, brings improvements to security and privacy, alongside crucial bug fixes. It also introduces new developer features for integrating web content within apps. Some of these features may be experimental and available to select users, so keep an eye out for any new capabilities popping up in your favorite apps.

Recent Google Play Services and Play Store updates

Let’s not forget the earlier updates from this month:

    1. Google Play Services v24.22: Released on June 5, this update included new Maps-related features for developers, bug fixes for device connections, and a new Wallet feature that allows setup of non-card payment methods via the Android Setup Wizard.

    2. Google Play Store v41.3: As of June 3, you might notice that subscription benefits now appear directly in search results and app listings, making it easier to see what additional perks you can get from your favorite apps.

Many of the new features that came out recently, particularly those from the Android Feature Drop and the June Pixel Feature Drop, may require these latest Google system updates to function. Make sure your device is updated to enjoy all the new functionalities and improvements.

Hillary Keverenge
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Tech has been my playground for over a decade. While the Android journey began early, it truly took flight with the revolutionary Lollipop update. Since then, it's been a parade of Android devices (with a sprinkle of iOS), culminating in a mostly happy marriage with Google's smart home ecosystem. Expect insightful articles and explorations of the ever-evolving world of Android and Google products coupled with occasional rants on the Nest smart home ecosystem.

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