Any mobile Android is made up of a series of basic applications. Many of them see it as for example the Phone app, SMS, Contacts, or the services offered by Google: GMail, Google Maps, the store of applications from Google Play… on the other hand we have some that work in the background. We don’t see but are responsible for aspects very important.
The part that works behind the scenes and is more important is Google Play Services. Is always there background managing multiple tasks and taking care that everything works well. Is the pillar elemental that joins a lot of applications and services and therefore must be kept constantly updated. If you don’t know what that is, you explained and we teach you how to put it to the day and we show its installation process in Android that does not bring you a series.
What is Google Play Services and what does it do?
Google Play Services is an app that manages to articulate a lot of elements in any device with Android. When installed, this app is responsible for providing all the functions which includes Google in its applications and we can access them from any application that you need.
is Always in the background so you never interact with it directly, but every time an app uses a library that depends on Google Play Services, this tool shows the information. Why not integrate it directly to the developer of the app and thus do not depend on Google? Very simple.
to Use Google Play Services has benefits both for the users and for the creators of apps. For us, as consumers, that means we can enjoy a lot of functions and new features no need to rely on OTA updates that sends each manufacturer.
This does not mean that we can incorporate all of the new, but what is essential, yes. For developers, use Google Play Services means that you do not have to invest time and effort in to review your app every time Google introduces a change, with the call to the library is there, it will continue working without problems.
today Google Play Services is the glue that helps that to any Android device with a version higher than 2.3 Gingerbread does not become obsolete each time that the Mountain View, make a change in your services and applications.
Updating Google Play Services
Google Play Services is located within the store of Google applications but unlike the rest of apps, the day she and we don’t have to be aware of that download the latest version or not. It may be the case, although it is very unlikely, that is not so but for that there is also a solution.
Just search “Google Play Services” in the app store Google so we see this application as the first result. You can see how is its appearance just above these lines. In two steps:
- Open Google Play and search for “Google Play Services“.
- If we receive the ‘Update’ button means that the app is not up to date, click on it and wait for it to download and install.
If the application was not to the day, we will see that we will get a button indicating that we update. Click on it and in a matter of a few seconds, it will download and install on our terminal. As you can see this is very easy and does not have mystery. If you notice at some point that any app that depends on Google not works well, the problem is most probably here.
what if my Android does not have it installed?
circumstances May arise that our Android phone does not have Google Play Services. What is common is that the manufacturers pay the canon to include the apps of Google on their mobile phones but there are those who prefer not to do that and serve your device with other apps alternatives for various reasons, for example the tools from Google are not in that country, such as China.
If we have a mobile of any major manufacturer, you do not have to worry about as that will come pre-installed serial but if we have a terminal in China and is of any lesser-known brand, we have a lot of ballots that does not come with the apps of Google pre-installed.
In fact, that is the quickest way to see if a mobile phone has Google Play Services installed or not. If you do not have GMail, Google Maps or any other app of yours, it means that you have decided to go without it. Does that mean then that I can not use my Google account? No, there is a solution.
luckily, in Android there are several repositories insurance that is responsible for uploading copies of the free apps that are in Google Play. APKMirror is the most well known and one of the most reliable. As Play Services is free, also has a copy on this page and we can download it:
by Downloading and installing these two apps, since we can connect our Google account and start to download all the apps from the store official without any problem. Although there are manufacturers who prefer to do without them, it is possible to configure everything the same and work without any problem.
The news How to update Google Play Services, or install it from scratch if your Android does not have was originally published in Xataka Android by Juan Carlos González .