Google Play Services and Store’s latest January updates have something for gamers and families

Improvements to Play-as-you-download and Family Link

Earlier this month, Google began detailing all the additions to its monthly system updates. The company has added the full changelogs for December 2021 and January 2022 to its support page, and it doesn’t stop there. The company has now updated the page to reflect improvements in the latest Play System, Play Services, and Play Store updates.

As noted on Google’s support page, these changes include the ability to redirect Family Link notifications from a child’s device to parental controls, improvements to Play-as-you-download – which allows gamers to play mobile games while they download – and improvements for Pay As You Go in the UK. Here are all the changes to expect from the latest system updates on Android.


Account management

  • [Phone, Tablet] Family Link notifications on a child’s device can be redirected to Parental Controls using Android settings in two-fold mode (foldable and large-screen devices only).
  • [Phone, Tablet] Parents who help their supervised children connect to their device will now have the ability to install Family Link remotely on their own device.

Google Play Store

  • Play-as-you-download enhancements to allow gamers to start playing mobile games while the app download continues to reduce wait times.


  • [Auto, Tablet, TV, Wear OS, Phone] Enables the purchase, scanning and use of supported travel tickets for Pay As You Go (stored balance) in the UK.

System management

  • Support for new DST transition changes in various countries.

Developer Services

  • New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support ads, analytics and diagnostics, machine learning and AI, and security and privacy-related processes in their apps .

All of these improvements arrive as part of the January Google Play system update and Play Services v22.02.15 and Play Store v28.9 update, which Google began rolling out to Android devices last Friday.

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