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Google introduces new changes under December 2023 play system updates

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Earlier this month, Google introduced some new features under the system stock applications and enhanced the adaptive connectivity services. Since then, it has rolled out some new changes under the Google Play store and Google Play services.

With the latest development, Google has brought some new changes for providing the convenience of downloading; it has made it easy to install the apps directly from the list cards that appear on homepages.

Meanwhile, with the new changes made under the Google Play services, multiple innovations were introduced under different heads, including account management, developer services, utilities, and system management.

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In a nutshell, the account management service has grabbed a redesigned Google Settings UI architecture and refreshed settings screens. For Google and third-party app developers, there are some new features added that will support location- and context-related processes in their apps. Additionally, the flow between the device and photo backup is now improved, and you will no longer have to download the Play Games app to show in-game screens. For more information, you can check the official changelog below.

Google Play system update December 2023 changelog

Google Play services

Account Management

  • [Phone] Redesign of the existing Google Settings UI architecture and a refresh of settings screens (Android Settings → Google).
  • [Phone] Bug fixes for account management-related services.

Developer Services

  • [Phone] New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support location- and context-related processes in their apps.
  • [Phone] New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support location- and context-related processes in their apps.

Utilities

  • [Phone] You can find improvements to the device and photo backup flow.

System Management

  • [Phone] With updates to the Play Games app, you no longer have to install the app to show in-game screens.

Google Play Store

  • [Phone] You can now install apps directly from list cards that appear on homepages.

All these new changes are added to the new version of the Google Play Store, v38.7.

and Google Play services v23.48. To check the update in the Google Play Store, open the application on the top right and tap the Profile icon. Tap Settings. Play Store version. While updating the Google Play services, you go to the direct link.


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Android Auto 12.2 beta is available to download

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Google is constantly releasing new updates for its infotainment system, and within a short period after its launch, Android Auto has already reached the 12th generation. With each new update, the company aims to innovate the system and elevate the overall user experience. Now, moving forward, Android Auto 12.2 beta is live for Android devices.

Android Auto 12.2 beta: what’s new 

Android Auto doesn’t sometimes bring significant changes with new updates; sometimes, it gets some internal changes that users may need to see visually. However, it may provide some improvement under the hood, enhancing the performance and stability of different existing applications. Meanwhile, if we talk about the changelog, the company has brought the same old changelog, so we cannot say directly what changes it comes with. Still, we hope the update may bring some innovation that will give Android Auto a new direction and make it more compatible with more applications.

How to get the latest beta update 

To get the latest beta update of Android Auto, you just need to go to the Google Play store and search for Android Auto. Now, scroll down to the beta program section. Here, you get the Join button. Just tap on it. Once the registration is confirmed, you will get a new update. Install it and enjoy the latest developments. Alternatively, you can also join the beta program through this link.

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Samsung One UI Home gets updated with June 2024 security patch

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Samsung has already started introducing the June 2024 security patch update for the eligible devices; as of writing, the update is available for the flagship devices, including Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S23 devices; with this update, the company hasn’t reached specific changes for the devices. However, a tipster has noticed that One UI Home has been updated to a new version.

For your information, earlier, the One UI Home was running with version 15.1.01.3, but after the update, it was updated to version 15.1.03.41. This indicates that users will get some visible changes to the home screen functionality that enhance the overall experience of the device interface.

As the new update for One UI Home comes with the June 2024 patch, you don’t have to do anything manually as usual. When you update your device to the latest version, it will push a new update and update the device to the latest version, automatically updating the One UI Home.

If you want to check whether a new update is available for your device, you can do that by following simple steps: On the Home screen, perform the pinch-out gesture, tap on the setting icon, and tap on the About Home screen. Alternatively, you can check the update from the Galaxy store app. It is worth noting that the new update for One UI Home has arrived for Galaxy S24 devices, and it is expected to be available to more devices with the update.

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Samsung might reintroduce two useful features of Good Lock’s Theme Park

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Samsung’s Good Lock is an application with an endless troop of software customization options that significantly makes Samsung’s One UI much better and highly customizable. This app has been around for years, while Samsung always focuses on integrating several useful features or modules along with certain relevant enhancements that ensure users a custom software experience. However, Samsung carried away two most useful features from its Good Lock’s Theme Park, but they’re probably coming back. 

After updating the Good Lock app recently, Samsung significantly separated two useful features from the theme park, including support for image customization folders and keycap shapes. Meanwhile, users faced a lot of inconvenience due to the changes held within the Good Lock’s theme park. Now, it appears like Samsung is thinking about restoring these features to Theme Park. 

Samsung could bring back the customizable folders and keycaps to Theme Park:

According to the information provided by Good Lock’s moderator from Samsung, some changes have been performed within the Theme Park module that certainly removed the ability to create customizable folders and keycaps. Meanwhile, the team is thoroughly reviewing this issue and could consider whether they could revert the features back to Theme Park. 

However, the moderator further stated that they are not sure whether both features will return to the theme park. In addition, it’s possible that Samsung could bring them back to the Good Lock’s functionality due to their usefulness and after listening to the user’s feedback. 

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