Most people don’t know this but Google Play Services is a key Android component that is helping the operating system deliver premium user experiences. The reason behind this is that Google Play Services is a background app that provides core functionality such as authentication to Google Services, synchronized contacts, access to all the latest privacy settings and more importantly, Google Play Services is automatically updating both native Android and third-party apps.
Now that we have presented how important Google Play Services is to the Android operating system, no one should be shocked to find out that Google Play Services is updated on a regular basis with software improvements and bug fixes. In fact, a new update has been released earlier this morning and today we are going to cover everything there is to know about it.
Google Play Services 19.5.29 Beta Update
The first thing that we want to note about the latest update for Google Play Services is that it’s available in the beta form. This means that the only Android fans who can access it right now are those who are enrolled in the official beta program. Fortunately, Google is allowing everyone who uses an Android-powered smartphone to join the program.
Nonetheless, the new update sports the 19.5.29 beta version number and it is being rolled out via official OTA (over the air channels) to all beta users. Since Google Play Services is a background app, the update doesn’t come with any new features and instead it brings a handful of “under the hood” software tweaks that are enhancing the overall software stability of the Android operating system.
The APK Alternative
We also want to mention that the update can be manually downloaded and installed in the form APK. Although, APK releases are compatible only with Android-powered smartphones that have the “Unknown Sources” option enabled.