Google Issues Updates to Play Music, Keyboard, Drive, Sheets, Gmail, and Play Services (Update: Newer GPS Version)

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Update: As it turns out, a new version of Google Play Services rolled out while we were compiling this post. We’ve added the appropriate links down at the bottom of this page.

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It’s not quite (Google Update) Wednesday just yet, but we’ve got a bunch of Google first party app updates to share with you today. Most significantly, we have an update to Google Play Music. In addition, we have smaller, bugfix updates for Google Keyboard, Sheets, Drive, Gmail, and yet another update to Google Play Services.

First up, we have Google Play Music. Today’s update takes us to version 5.6.1608P.1252217 (up from 5.5. from1509O.1140258 early last month). As one would expect from the relatively major point increment, Play Music 5.6 brings quite a few new features. The first two things you’ll notice about version 5.6 are in its slide-out “hamburger” drawer. For starters, there’s now account switcher functionality like many of Google’s other Play-enabled apps. In addition, there’s now a switch in this menu to toggle Downloaded Only, which was moved from a less prominent place in the UI. In addition, this new version brings support for the upcoming Android TV, and but it no longer works on Chromecast emulators like Cheapcast.

In addition to the major update to Play Music, we also have more minor updates to Keyboard, Sheets, Drive, Gmail, and Play Services. The Keyboard update takes us to 3.1.20003.1236599 (up from 3.0.19373.1072412a), Sheets takes us to 1.3.251.12 (up from 1.3.144.27), Drive is now 2.0.222.40 (up from last week’s 2.0.222.39), Gmail is now 4.8.1 (up from 4.8.0), and Play Services is now up to 5.0.81. We haven’t noticed any major changes in any of these, but given how many people were having major battery drain issues with the previously released Play Services 5.0.77, we wouldn’t be surprised if this update fixes things.

These updates are gradually making their way out to consumer devices via their listings on the Google Play Store. But of course, not every device will get them in the initial wave. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and uploaded the APKs to our Dev-Host account:

NEW Google Play Services:

OLD Google Play Services:

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the tip!]

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