Android has two bases that define it: updates and applications. With Google being the owner of the system, it is normal to take steps to optimize Android the best it can.
And of course Google wants to follow a path on to Google Pixel and its late Nexus. There are applications very close to the classics that make up the Google suite (Google Play Music, Wizard, etc.) that can be easily downloaded and updated in the same way through Google Play. Not another.
System apps that can not be downloaded from the Play Store and whose only method of update is also updating the operating system. Apparently, Google wants to give this direction another direction and wants to separate these applications from system updates.
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These last few days we have seen several Google moves. By themselves, they do not have much mystery, since they are decisions that relate to the direct advantages of Google Pixel. They are the two posts on Google Play of two Android applications on these phones.
Exactly, we are talking about the application of Visual Core Pixel, the integrated photo processor in Google Pixel 2 and 2XL and to a lesser extent the application's publication "Google Time Zone Data"  ] which is basically a system application reserved for Nexus and again for Google Pixel.
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Of course, these applications can not be downloaded or installed if you do not have a Pixel or a Nexus (usually a compatible device), as we said, are applications reserved for these devices and are preinstalled on the system.
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Independent OTA System Applications
This reminds us when Google began publishing in their store several of their applications that were not there until then. So Google wants to separate the system updates from the applications that make it up. Updates to these apps will then be made on Google Play and will not depend on a full system update.
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