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[Update: Enhanced Photo Picker] Google Play System May 2022 update introduces Self Nearby Share, redesigned Help app and more

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Google has added some new changes to its May 2022 Play System update. The most noticeable improvemnet is that Android 11 and Android 12 device owners are getting the Android 13’s enhanced Photo Picker. It lets you give an app permission to a select few files rather than full permission to all media on your device.

Additionally, the update also improves Android Automotive’s ability to use video streaming apps and the ability for parents to set a persistent launcher on a Family Link-controlled device.

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May 5, 2022: Original article

It’s May, the time for May 2022 security updates. Samsung has already uncovered its May 2022 security patch details and now Google has also updated its Google Play System Update support page to reveal all the new changes and improvements for Android users.

Google Play May 2022 update comes with various bug fixes and improvements to boost the overall device performance. Additionally, it also brings new features to help users discover unused apps and games on the Play Store and enhancements to the Play Store billing system.

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One of the most noticeable changes that the update brings is the introduction of self sharing to Nearby Share. You can now share files, links, and text from one of your own devices to another without even accepting the incoming share on the receiving device.

Another prominent change is the redesign of the Google Help app, which now supports the Android 12 design language – Material You. There’s much more to know about the update, do check the complete changelog below.

Google Play May 2022 update changelog:

Critical Fixes

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Bug fixes for account management and system management & diagnostics related services.

Account Management

  • [Phone, Tablet] Migration of the existing device setup onboarding flow for supervised work accounts to a web-based experience.

Device Connections

  • [Auto, Phone, TV] Nearby Share now allows users to share content more seamlessly between their devices logged into the same account.

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  • Improvements to the Play-as-you-download feature to let gamers start playing mobile games while the app download continues to reduce waiting times.
  • New Features to help you discover the Apps & Games you love.
  • Optimizations allow faster and more reliable download and installation.
  • New features to the Play Pass and Play Points programs.
  • Enhancements to Google Play Billing.
  • Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe.
  • Various performance optimizations, bug fixes, and improvements to security, stability, and accessibility.

Support

  • [Auto, Phone, Tablet, TV, Wear OS] Design improvements to Google Help app.

System Management

  • Updates to system management services that improve stability & performance.

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support ads, location services, and utilities-related developer services in their apps.

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How to disable Google Play auto-update apps

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A good Google Play Store feature is automatic app updates, which guarantees that your smartphone is always running the best and most recent versions of your apps. However, if you have a limited mobile data plan, it can cost you money. Before updating, you might sometimes wish to know what will be changed in your favorite apps.

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How to Disable Automatic Updates

In a few easy steps, you can turn off Google Play Store automatic updates. While you’re about it, you may limit automatic updates to Wi-Fi connections to conserve mobile data.

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  1. Select your profile image in the top right corner of the Play Store.
  2. Select Network settings from the Settings menu, then select Auto-update apps.
  3. Tap DONE after selecting Don’t auto-update apps.
  4. If you prefer Wi-Fi-only automatic updates, you might also choose this option.

How to Disable Auto-Updates for Specific Apps

Follow the previous instructions, choose the Over any network option, and then take the following actions if you wish to disable automatic updates for only a few apps while leaving them enabled for the rest:

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  1. Reopen the Play Store, then tap the top-right corner of your profile image.
  2. Navigate to Manage applications and devices.
  3. For a list of all your installed apps, select the Manage tab.
  4. Go to the app’s settings and turn off automatic updates.
  5. On the explanation screen of the app, tap the three dots button in the upper right corner.
  6. Remove your checkmark from the Enable auto-update box.
  7. Repeat these actions on each program you want to prevent automatic updates on by going back and doing so.
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Google Play Store 31.5.17 update rolling out

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Google Play Store started receiving a new update following the start of the new month. The latest version of the Google Play Store update is 31.5.17, which will be gradually available to consumers using Android OS-based smartphones.

Usually, the US tech giant offers timely functional improvements to the world’s biggest app market. Like always, release notes are not available for the Google Play Store 31.5.17 build, however, an updated version had already released to select consumers later last month.

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Obviously, the Google Play Store might be your native platform to get new third-party apps for your smartphone. So don’t take any more time and jump to the Play Store’s settings to check for the new version update to take the most out of it.

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As part of its 10th anniversary, Google Play received a re-imagined logo, that was applied with the earlier application update. And recently, it is reported that the new logo is now showing in notifications as well, bringing a new feel to bored Android consumers.

Note: Google will deliver the new update to you shortly, however, it’s already uploaded on APKMirror.

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Android 13

It’s expected that the Google Play Store will become more convenient with the arrival of the major Android 13 operating system. Meanwhile, the company is reportedly delaying the release of the Android 13 official version to next month, September 2022 patch notes revealed.

One UI 5 Beta

Samsung has recently announced the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta testing program for the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users in South Korea. The activity is not available to every consumer, however, we are guessing it broader availability very soon.

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How to turn off Google Assistant on Android phone

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The built-in digital assistant that comes equipped with every Android phone is called Google Assistant. Some people use it frequently, but others don’t. Today, we’ll show you how to disable Google Assistant on an Android device. For further privacy, we’ll also go over how to remove your saved Voice Match profile. Let’s get going.

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Why disable Google Assistant

Although it is a valuable feature, not everyone finds Google Assistant useful. There is a number of causes in which one reason to switch off Google Assistant if you prefer to complete tasks manually is that it will drain your phone’s battery and use up all of its processing power.

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For those who are uncomfortable with the idea that Google is constantly listening to them, there is also the issue of privacy. It’s better to switch off the Assistant if you fall into this category for your own peace of mind. As a result, this will also stop your phone from tracking you.

How to Turn Off Google Assistant on Android

Let’s first look at how to remove your Google Assistant saved voice match profile before turning it off completely. Follow the below steps:

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  1. Tap on your profile image after starting the Google app.
  2. Select Hey Google & Voice Match under Settings > Google Assistant.
  3. Then click OK. Tap Voice model then Delete voice model.
  4. Return to the Assistant settings page, select General, and turn Google Assistant off.

When you need Google Assistant again, simply press and hold the home button for a long time or swipe diagonally from the bottom corner of your screen. Then, before you can use it, you’ll be asked to re-enable it.

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