Google Play Services 6.1.71 Updates Icon, 6.1 Rolled Out
A little under a month ago, we wrote about how Google Play Services had begun receiving a version bump to 6.1. Chief among the enhancements brought forth by the new version are added e-commerce analytics support through Google Tag Manager and improved APIs for Google Fit and Google Drive, including a new Material Design compliant file picker for the latter. With this update’s improved tag support, developers were then able to better understand how various user acquisition campaigns perform at a granular level. Now according to the Android Developers Blog, the rollout has finished making its way to all devices connected to Google Play, which means that developers can now feel free to use these updated APIs and features without worrying if their entire audience has the requisite Play Services components.
Just as Google Play Services 6.1(.11) finishes making its way out to end user devices, a new version has been spotted, captured, and mirrored thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai. The only end user-noticeable change that we’ve spotted so far is a new Play Services Google Settings icon (shown above) that appears more paper-like and follows the general design trends that we’ve seen in other modern Google icons. There are also more than likely various under-the-hood changes that squelch bugs.
If you’re looking to update your device to the latest version of Google Play Services, you can get started by visiting the Google Play Services Sharing thread. There, you will be able to download the appropriate version for your device, matching the currently installed version.