Quicker Security Updates: Google Play Protect App Is Available On Play Store

The app is rolling out for Android 12, but will eventually be out for devices running Android 10 and above.


With Project Mainline and Android 10, Google separated 12 core components from Android to push quicker software updates. We have briefly covered “Android updates via Google Play” in one of our articles. The service resides in the Google Play Services app but has been separated into a new app, ‘Google Play Protect.’

It was first spotted by a Google Newsgroup on Telegram. The app doesn’t show up when you search for it on the Google Play Store. XDA reported that the message “Your device isn’t compatible with this version” appears on many phones. However, the app is already listed as “Installed” on my Pixel 4a.

Google may be prioritizing Pixel and Android devices with Android 12, but the app should eventually be rolled out for every Android device with Android 10 and above.

Google Play Protect Service app

The Google Play Store shows that the app has over 1,00,000 downloads and was last updated on October 12th. However, the release date is October 18th.

What are your thoughts on Android updates via Google Play and now Play Protect? Let us know in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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