Google Play system updates June: Security fixes & more

June’s Google Play system updates for Android bring new support for Thread/Matter devices, along with a handful of additional security fixes for our phones and tablets.

Quite a few of the core features we all love and enjoy about Android are powered by Google Play Services, and more recently Google has also leveraged the Play Store and “Google Play system updates” to bring select features from new versions of Android to older phones. Every month, Google outlines what new features and enhancements to expect from the latest updates to what it calls the “Google System,” steadily updating the page with new additions.

The easiest way to check whether you need to update Google Play Services on your phone is to follow a direct link to the app’s Play Store listing and update from there, if available. To update the Play Store, tap your avatar in the corner, then “Settings.” Under the “About” section, you’ll 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 the month of June only just getting underway, the release notes for this month’s Google System updates are currently slim and generic, focusing on security issues. All of the current notes are identical to what we’ve seen for the last few months, but with time, Google will surely unveil what’s in store.

According to the page, to get the full benefits, you’ll need to install the June Google Play system update, version 30.3 or newer of the Play Store, and version 22.26 of Google Play Services.

Update 6/14: Google has added to the release notes for June’s Google System update, revealing that the latest version of Google Play Services includes support for “storing and sharing” details of Thread network devices. If you’re unfamiliar, Thread is one of the underlying technologies behind Matter, the upcoming smart home standard backed by Google. Ahead of I/O, Google leadership spoke up about the use of Matter and Thread in Google Home and how the two will improve everyone’s experience in the smart home.

Elsewhere in the notes, Google also mentions that the…