Play Protect information is entered in the device’s privacy settings in Android 13
It’s been almost a year since Google started sharing all the changes bundled in monthly Google Play system updates to Android. We’ve already seen some ground this month, starting with improvements to Google Kids Space. Later, Google added new Wear OS features, followed by alerts for compromised passwords Now we’ve got more to check out, as the new Play Store and Play Protect-related features have started rolling out to smartphones near you.
First, Google talks about helping users make better decisions about installing apps. To that end, it’s expanding on the information displayed in the Play Store listing details — though the company isn’t saying exactly what’s changing, nor have we found anything yet. It’ll likely be a few details about permissions, or something like a requirement change — we’ll keep an eye on exactly what’s new here.
What might be a little more interesting is that Google says you can check app install status on the rest of your devices using your phone. We’ve seen work underway for a while now to make the Play Store more useful for managing apps across all your hardware, and it sounds like the perfect next step. With the latest Google Play system update and running Play Store v32.4, we’re not seeing any obvious progress bars for remote installations, so there’s likely a server-side switch that Google has yet to hit. Once it’s here, tracking app downloads and installs across all your connected devices should be much more convenient
Finally, on phones running Android 13, Google tells us that Play Protect security information will appear on the Security & Privacy Settings page in the Settings app. If you’re noticing a bit of a theme here, it’s another change that seems to have been announced before it actually went live, but we’ll keep watching. September isn’t too far away, but we’re sure planning to share any other new features before the first Google Play system update in October.