Android can be full of surprises. Thanks to the deconstructed nature of the operating system, individual pieces of the software receive updates all the time — in a way that has nothing to do with the big, attention-grabbing OS rollouts.

It happens with a large and ever-expanding list of core system apps that now exist in the Play Store and are updated accordingly, but it also happens silently and seamlessly with some behind-the-scenes tools that are easy to overlook.

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