“Where there is a will, there is a way, Where there is internet, there is Google”. We all know that Android has the largest user base of all operating systems. It is also essential to know that Android’s source code is released by Google under open source licenses. As soon as you switch on your Android smartphone, you may find a good number of apps pre-installed.
These are the proprietary software required for accessing Google services. Most first time users presume these apps to be malware just like the programs that come along with your laptop nowadays. But, unlike your PC, a few apps aren’t. The Dark Knight that usually takes the blame is the Google Play Services.
What is Google Play Services?
The words ‘Play Services’ may sound like an oxymoron. You might also be wondering that this might be one way Google is monetizing from Android. Absolutely NOT. If you are disabling your Google play services, you are trying to stop Batman from doing his job. Before you know how, it is essential to know Android and its works.
“ANDROID” for most people, means “Google’s mobile software.”
Google Play Services is the solution to fragmentation problem.
This is not always the case. Technically speaking, Android is an operating system for mobile devices. Because it’s open source, a company can ‘play’ with its code without involving Google at all. The Kindle Fire is the most obvious example of this.
While they run Android, they lack the Play Store, any built-in Google services, or even any mention of Google at all. Instead, they built their own app store, content services, and hardware. This is what Android is, a platform for any company to build on.
One of the most important lessons of Branding is Innovation through Acquisition. It is essential to keep the acquired brand close to maximize brand value. Needless to say, Google takes centre stage when it comes to Android development. Over the years, Core Google apps such as Chrome, Hangouts, Keyboard, YouTube were unbundled from Android and updated separately.
The only problem with this, you ask?
Have you observed that, after upgrading your android, you are immediately notified to update all your apps? This is because every Android version requires new APIs for the apps. This created trouble for Google’s core apps (Chrome, Hangouts etc). This means these core apps may not enjoy updated Android features if they are running on older Android versions.
Here is where the Google Play Services comes to ‘play’
‘Google Play services’ is your Chamber of Secrets. It brings new features to existing devices without users having to worry about what OS version they are on. So, that means
- No more waiting for a new dessert to roll through the manufacturer to enjoy latest android updates.
- No more devices being abandoned after eighteen months because it’s too old to be worth it. And best of all, it means lesser frowns begging manufacturers to keep updating mid-range devices.
This is the point of Google Play Services. It sits on your phone, silently bringing awesome new stuff. In simple words it upgrades your phone’s framework so that you can be able to run latest apps. It also applies latest security patches through Google play services. It’s a base for Google services for syncing and communicating with servers.
And it is most certainly the reason why you are able to notice that more number of Google apps such as Google Keyboard, Google Calendar etc. are now available on the Google Play Store.
Functionalities Provided by Google Play Services.
- App installing and updating service of Google Play.
- Authentication of Google account for various apps.
- Synchronizing contacts and settings.
- Low power location services.
- Access to privacy settings of users.
- Access to Google Play Game service for keeping games in sync
And it just doesn’t stop there. It goes one step beyond just shipping exclusive apps and app store. As it makes important APIs available only on Google’s Android, it makes much harder to port apps from Google’s Android to non-Google’s Android. Google Play services also enhances your app experience.
It speeds up offline searches, provides more immersive maps, and improves gaming experiences. In case you are wondering how, try this experiment on your own. Type anything random that you want to know in the Google search bar. Now, try typing a few alphabets in a new search.
You will be amazed to find that as you type you can find suggestions of terms based on your last search. Such is the awesome machine learning power of Prof. Google. And this data is synced to your account with the help of Google Play Services so that next time you can continue from where you left off.
“I mistakenly happen to Uninstall the Google Play Services, Anyway to Install Google Play Services”?
Well, this happens with a lot of people who are here to test stuff, We are not allowed to uninstall the Google Play services until we have access to the root. So unless your phone is rooted, you can’t actually uninstall the Google Play Services. However there are many Android users who might have uninstalled the Google Play Services mistakenly.
At the first, the people who have uninstalled the Google Play Services might have expected that their phone would work “Smooth” and “Quick” but however, that’s not the case, the phone tends to start lagging, you might also see some Apps which rely on Google Play services shows some “Error Popups” and “Force Closing Popups”.
Without the Google Play services, the apps which rely on the Google Play services might not function properly, you might also notice that the phone might lag, you won’t be able to play games which rely on “Google Play Games” because even Google Play Games rely on Google’s “Google Play services”.
There are lot of other problems you might face, such as “Unable to update apps”, “Unable to update android OS”, “Unable to play games” etc. So it is better not to uninstall the “Google Play services”. So if you are someone who has uninstalled the Google Play services then below is the solution.
How to Install Google Play Services? Is there a Google Play Services APK?
Android OS allows us to install Android apps and services manually using an APK. If you have not uninstalled the Google Play Store then, you can directly install the Google Play Services from the Google Play Store. Below is the download link, you can go to that link and you will be redirected to PlayStore and you will be able to install the Google Play Services into your phone.
[appbox googleplay com.google.android.gms]
“I’ve also uninstalled the Google PlayStore”, if you are one among those who have also uninstalled the Google Play Store then you will have to download the APK directly and install it and in some cases you might not be able to download the Google Play Services even after having the Google PlayStore. Then you can download the latest Google Play Services from the below link.
After downloading the Play Services we also recommend you to download the Google PlayStore in case you don’t have it. In case you still feel some problems we would suggest you to see all the apps that come in, when you first bought the Phone and install all those apps and stay updated. That’ll solve all the problems on your Android Device.