It’s already mid-February, and the January 2024 Google Play System update for Android is finally rolling out. The initial release in January caused issues,
locking users out of their phone’s local storage, prompting a quick withdrawal.
Now, Google has fixed the problems, and the updated version is gradually reaching devices. The initial update led to various issues like apps crashing, screenshots not saving, and inconsistent external storage.
To fix this, Google provided a manual workaround on February 1, but it involved complex steps like enabling developer mode,
downloading tools, connecting the phone to a computer, and manually dealing with the problematic packages.
Despite hinting at an automated fix on February 1, there’s still no sign of its release nine days later.
This January update comes after the December Play System update was delayed for the holiday season. The Play System updates, different from OS-level updates,
are delivered through the Play Store, allowing direct updates to core Android components without waiting for third-party manufacturers.
While this approach seems promising, the recent issues have raised concerns about the reliability of these updates.
This marks the second time in four months that such an update has caused problems for Pixel phones, resulting in downtime lasting weeks.