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Samsung Galaxy Phones Miss Timely Google Play Updates

According to a report published by the Galaxy Club, a variety of Samsung Galaxy phones have not been receiving timely Google Play system updates. These updates are important as they improve features on Google products and can range from minor to major updates.

Some of the models mentioned in the report include high-end phones like the Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy Z Fold 5, as well as the mid-range Galaxy A33. All of these phones last received a Google Play update on July 1st, 2023. This is particularly concerning as Samsung has been pushing out the One UI 6.0/Android 14 update to eligible Galaxy devices.

If you’re wondering when your own Galaxy phone received its last Google Play system update, you can go to Settings > Security & privacy > Updates > Google Play system update to check. Unfortunately, some older models are even further behind, with the Galaxy S20 series not receiving a Google Play system update since May 1st.

In some cases, users have been able to manually update to a more recent version. For example, the Galaxy Club was able to manually load the November 1 Google Play system update on a Galaxy A52 unit, while the Galaxy A53 and A34 have the September 1 and August 1 updates, respectively. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 are running the October 1 version of the Google Play system update.

This discrepancy in the timing of Google Play system updates across different Galaxy phones indicates that there may be a bug or issue with the update process. A similar situation occurred a year ago and eventually the updates restarted as if by magic. It feels as though Samsung is not being as vigilant as it needs to be, especially if its higher-end phones are running Google Play system updates that are five months old.

Samsung has yet to comment on this issue, but Galaxy phone users are hoping for a quick resolution to ensure that their devices are up-to-date with the latest Google Play system updates.