Everything the Play Store does with the apps on your phone goes through Google Play Services. This tells your phone when to update apps and introduces new features and settings to Google Play. Long story short: you should keep it updated. Find out all about the latest version – Google Play Services 10.0.X – below.
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Google Play Services 10.0.X: what's new?
It was just announced that this will be the final version of Google Play Services to support Gingerbread. The outdated version of Android from 2011 won't be supported any longer, and in early 2017 with version 10.2, neither will Honeycomb.
Google Play Services 9.4.52:
August 2, 2016:
The new Google Play Services version has hit APKMirror. Version 9.4.52 arrives without a changelog, though no doubt includes minor bug fixes and security updates, and comes in at around 40-50 MB in size.
Google recently introduced family-sharing options to the Play Store, allowing you to share your Play Store purchases – including books, movies, games, TV shows and apps – with up to six family members. If you want to take advantage of this, download the latest Google Play Services APK here, and make sure you have the latest version of the Google App installed also.
Google Play Services 8.9.16
April 14, 2016: Google changed the Google Play Services icon, making the colors bolder and adjusting the position of the lines slightly.
The version numbers currently go as high as 9.0.83 on APKMirror, but we've yet to test these out to find what's new. It seems likely that Google will be loading Play Services up with things in preparation for Google I/O, which takes place May 18 - 20, so we might get more information on what exactly is going on inside the mysterious app-to-rule-all-apps then.
Google Play Services 8.7.02
March 1, 2016: The latest version of Google Play Services could fly under the radar but it actually introduces one tasty improvement.
Google Play Services 8.7.02 enables Chrome Custom tabs in the Google app. With Custom Tabs, Android opens links from Google Now cards and Google app searches in a condensed version of Chrome within the Google app, rather than redirecting you to the dedicated Chrome app.
This increases the speed at which web content is loaded, because these custom tabs don't require the same RAM and CPU usage as the regular Chrome app.
Google Play Services 8.4.89
November 18, 2015: Now that Google has released an all-new batch of Material Design icons for developers, it makes sense that some Google properties got an update. This is also evident in a refreshed Smart Lock section in Settings, which now features some of the new icons. Android Auto also got an additional option for 720p video output.
The simplest way to always have the latest version of Google Play Services installed is to keep an eye on this page, where we'll provide you with a download link to the very latest versions available in the Play Store. Just tap the install button below to ensure you have the current version.Google Play services
However, as with most things Android, there are always newer and better versions available if you're willing to put in a little more effort. For example, there are multiple versions of Google Play Services for the different versions of Android you might have. So if you want the very latest version then just follow the steps below.
First, you'll need to know which version of Android you have. Go to Settings > About Phone and look for Android Version. Then, you'll need unknown sources enabled on your phone. This just allows you to install apps from outside Google Play. Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and check the box.
Next, you need to know which version of Play Services is right for you. This is where your Android version number comes in. Each Google Play Services version has a three number suffix at the end, following the hyphen.
These three numbers are broken down as follows: Android version, CPU architecture and dots per inch (DPI). You can check the current version of Google Play Services by going to Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Play Services.
The first number is your Android version:
0 = Android 4.4.4 and older
2 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 (starting with Google Play Services v8)
4 = Android 6.0 and above (Note: 4 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 for versions of Google Play Services prior to v8)
7 = Android 5.0
8 = Android TV
The second number is your CPU architecture:
1 = armeabi
3 = armeabi-v7a
4 = arm64-v8a
7 = x86
The third number is your device screen's DPI (dots per inch):
0 = universal
2 = 160 dpi
4 = 240 dpi
6 = 320 dpi
8 = 480 dpi
So in the screenshot above you can tell I have a Lollipop device running an ARMv8 chip with 320 DPI. If you want to do things the other way around and figure out which number you should be looking for, just grab CPU-Z, which will tell you your CPU architecture and DPI. The good news is that once you know this information it won't change until you get a new phone.CPU-Z
Now you simply have to choose the right Google Play Services version based on the three pieces of information you just collected. You can find the latest versions of Google Play Services hosted on APK Mirror and select the right one with the right suffix for your device. Then, just download and install Google Play Services onto your phone.