With the launch of Android 10, Google Project launched Mainline, a new way for Google to push important security updates to devices through Google Play. Now that Android 10 is available for all Pixel phones and a handful of others, be sure to look for these updates to make sure your phone is always up to date.
I suggest you check this as the introduction of these Google Play system updates is still a bit cumbersome. I have not yet received a notification for a Google Play system update, but the few times I've searched for these updates on my Pixel phones, one is available, usually when monthly Android updates are released. For example, a few minutes ago, I randomly checked to see if there was an update available for my Pixel 3 XL.
I'm assuming Google Play is asking me to install, but it's not done yet. It's early or something, right?
Want to know how to search for a Google Play system update?
- Open Settings> About the Phone
- Tap on the Android Version
- Tap on "Google Play System Update"
Once you have verified that an update is available, you will be on the Screen (see above) to know how big the update is and what's included. With today's update, you can see that this should include "Google's latest security patch." This is not very specific, but could be included in future updates as Google dials it all.
In a related note today's update seems to have an incorrect date attached. On my Android Version page, the Google Play system update date has been moved from September 1st to August 1st. Laborious.