Today, rating systems are an integral part of our daily lives. To get a first idea of ​​a restaurant referenced on Google Maps for example, but also to select as accurately as possible an application from the Play Store. And to refine its user experience on the latter, Google had the following idea.

24H DEADLINES

This novelty should serve to protect developers from a very specific phenomenon: when an application is inundated with false evaluations in order to harm it.

A SYSTEM WITH ITS LIMITS?

At the end of the 24 hours, all comments would then become public. It’s unclear, however, whether a developer might be able to moderate reviews more thoroughly — either remove them or report them to Google — in the event of a “raid” aimed at slandering them.

In any case, a developer should thus be able to better defend his piece of fat. On the other hand, such a system has certain limitations, especially when it comes to malicious applications. In this case, a corrupted application could have 24 hours of respite before the comments reveal the deception.

Android 13 becomes more demanding on RAM and storage

Android takes a step. In a blog post published on September 8, Google announced that the minimum technical requirements to be able to install Android 13 on a smartphone will change. Phones with less than 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM will not be able to install the new system.

Google certification is getting tougher

This limitation affects the lite version of Android, known as Android Go. Designed specifically for low-performance phones, this system gets rid of some RAM and storage-intensive features to provide the smoothest experience possible, even on entry-level phones. The new Android 13 GB requirements mean that if a manufacturer wants to offer a mobile with Google applications (known as “GMS certified”, for “Google Mobile Suite”), it will necessarily have to carry at least 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM.

To be precise, manufacturers will still be able to release phones that do not meet these constraints, but they will not be able to install the latest version of the OS and will have to be satisfied with Android 12. A limitation that frankly reduces the interest of a potential new phone. Unlike other years, Google does not specify minimum specifications to run Android 13 “standard”.

Limitations that are not very restrictive for Europe

In Europe, these new rules should not penalize many people. Even the Samsung Galaxy A03 (sold for €150) or the Xiaomi Redmi 9a (sold for €99) display technical characteristics superior to those now required by Google. In emerging countries, on the other hand, it’s a different story. The new technical floor required by Google may well force manufacturers to offer slightly better equipped mobiles.

This is not the first time that Google has raised its requirements in this way. When Android 11 was released in 2020, the giant asked manufacturers to embed at least 1 GB of RAM in their devices if they wanted to take advantage of Google updates and applications. Asking for 2GB of RAM on a phone in 2022 isn’t exactly a whim. Even with Android Go, phones with just 1GB of RAM are often painful and frustrating to use. As for the 16 GB minimum storage, it’s the same story. Already in 2016 we railed against 8 GB smartphones.

Play Store on Wear OS

A big part of what makes Android so useful is how so many apps are integrated with Google Play Services. Over the past few months, Google has bundled Play Services, the Play Store, and “Google Play system updates” introduced in Android 10. Each month, the company lays out what changes to expect from this trio, which they’ve dubbed “Google System Updates”, and they regularly add more patch notes throughout the month.

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. Play Store list and update from there if available. To update the Play Store, tap your avatar in the corner, then tap “Settings.” In the “About” section, you will 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.

With September still a day away from the start, Google has already shared the first batch of Google System Update patch notes. Beyond the same standard patch notes delivered monthly by the Play Store team, there are a few changes coming to Android’s “Kids Space” experience.

For starters, Google allows Kids Space to be installed on a secondary account during setup, making it easier to share Android tablets among family members of different ages. You can also hide certain apps from Kids Space during setup, if you wish.

Update 9/1: Now that September is fully underway, we’ve now received our next batch of patch notes, focusing on improvements to the Play Store on Wear OS smartwatches. According to the notes, the Play Store is getting a new wearables homepage, just as previously announced, which aims to be “content handover,” including new app recommendations.

Another nice improvement for Watches is that if you install an app on your Wear OS device that requires a companion app on your phone, the Play Store should soon install that phone app automatically. It’s likely, though not guaranteed, that these Play Store improvements should arrive for smartwatch owners in September.

Along with these updates, Google also added some additional information about last month’s Google Play system update. Apparently, this update adds support for the recent change to Chilean daylight saving time (Microsoft has more details), which should go into effect next week.

9/7 Update: Google has once again updated the patch notes for September, this time focusing on new Google Wallet features. When using Android’s “digital car key” features, your phone should soon offer “visual feedback” to make it clearer what’s going on. Google Wallet also gains the ability to show open-loop options when searching for transit passes, as well as “new forms of payment” for Wear OS in Japan.

The latest Play Services update should include helpful tutorials for Android 13 changes, probably in the “Help” or “Tips & Support” section of your phone’s settings. Elsewhere, the Play Store is set to offer a revamped “Play’s Top Picks” storefront, which lets you quickly expand each app’s details to find out more.

A curious addition to the patch notes claims that Android’s autofill system should soon notify you if your password was discovered in a security breach. It’s not clear how this differs from the password verification feature that was built into autofill last year.

Google Play system updates for September 2022

Account management

  • Allows users to hide recommended apps during the Google Kids Space onboarding stream.
  • Improvements to account synchronization and recovery.
  • Ability to install Google Kids Space on the secondary user of a tablet during device setup.

Google Play Store

  • New features to help you discover the apps and games you love.
  • Optimizations allowing faster and more reliable download and installation.
  • Ongoing improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.
  • Various performance optimizations, bug fixes, and security, stability, and accessibility improvements.
  • With updates to the Play Store home page on Wear OS, users can benefit from a new content forwarding view that makes it easier to find recommended apps.
  • When users install an app on their Wear OS device that requires a companion app, their mobile device automatically installs the companion app.
  • New secondary menu to allow users to browse recommended apps for their Wear OS, Android TV or Android Auto devices from their Android phones.
  • Learn more about Play’s Top Picks by expanding the results to see more app or game details right in Play’s Top Picks module.