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How to find out what’s actually new in Google Play System Updates

In General
December 02, 2022

Thanks to Project Mainline, Google is able to deliver updates to core Android system components through the Play Store. These updates — which are publicly referred to as Google Play System Updates — can fix security issues or introduce new features, and they’re routinely delivered to users on GMS Android devices running Android 10 and later. 

There’s one problem with these updates, though: It’s hard to tell what’s actually changed. That’s because Google doesn’t post a detailed changelog anywhere, but thankfully, they do publish the source code for Project Mainline modules on AOSP. With that knowledge, I started to wonder if it’s possible to create an unofficial changelog of sorts detailing what’s actually new in a Google Play System Update? 

The answer is yes, but the process of generating a changelog is a bit cumbersome. In this week’s edition of Android Dessert Bites, I’ll share an early look at my Google Play System Update…

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