Will Verduzco · Jun 30, 2014 at 07:30 pm

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

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.

___

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!]


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Aug 1, 2015 at 01:33 pm · no comments

XDA Picks: Best Apps of the Week (July 25 – Aug 1)

Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and here are our top picks for this week.  ...

XDA NEWS
Mathew Brack · Aug 1, 2015 at 09:00 am · 1 comment

Voices Of XDA: Orbiting The Earth With Android

Editor’s note: This week's feature has been written by forum member RowHanSolo and takes a look at the exciting prospect of launching satellites fitted with little more than an Android phone as an onboard computer. From a university to NASA, multiple projects like this have launched!   Technology is an ever-growing industry, regardless of which corner you look at. However, each area of technology has its limitations on what it can do and how far it can expand. For satellite technology,...

XDA NEWS
Mike McCrary · Jul 31, 2015 at 03:56 pm · 1 comment

CloudPlayer: DIY HiFi Music Streaming Solution

In our Helpful Guide to Music Streaming Services, we mentioned several different services that offer ways to stream catalogs of music directly to your device. While each service has their benefits and drawbacks, the common theme among them is to give you access to a vast library of music without the need to store your own, and charge you a monthly fee for the privilege. But what if you already had access to your own catalog of music? Sure, there...

XDA NEWS