Keep these changes coming
Another month, another round of Google Play system updates. After rolling out the February 2023 Android security patches for Pixel devices, Google has now outlined upcoming changes to Play Services and Play Store this month.
In February, the company covers many aspects of its services, from mobile apps to developer-focused tools, though the actual list is rather small at this point. Google tends to introduce more fixes and features as the month progresses and so it is entirely possible that you will find a number of server-side improvements in the coming days.
Most of the changes are just improvements to things we’ve seen before. Having said that, there is one point worth focusing on. The Nearby Sharing notification now pins when shown, which is a welcome improvement for users who actively use the feature to quickly share files across their devices.
If you’re interested, here’s the full list of patch notes:
- device connection
- [Phone] Pinning nearby share directs the notification to the screen when it is displayed.
- Google Play Store
- New features to help you discover the apps and games you love.
- Improvements that allow for faster and more reliable downloads and installations.
- Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.
- Various performance improvements, bug fixes, and security, stability, and accessibility improvements.
- Developer services
- [Phone] New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support developer services related to machine learning and artificial intelligence in their apps.
The above improvements are available with version 34.3 of the Google Play Store and version 04.23 of the Google Play Services, which were released on February 1 and are currently in the process of being rolled out.
To check your current version, open the Play Store, tap on your account icon, head to Settings, then About section. Here, you should be able to view and update the currently installed version. You probably won’t get the latest version right away, because Google uses a staged rollout model.