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Just after initially unveiling Google Play Services, Google has made the APK installable directly from the Play Store.

For those who missed the announcement, Google Play Services is an APK rolling out automatically to devices running Android 2.2+ that will allow Android apps to easily integrate with Google services like Google+. At present, the app (which is in version 1.0 "Asiago") includes components and relevant client APIs for OAuth 2.0 authentication, Google+ sign-in, and Google+ +1 buttons. Google assures users that "we anticipate more Google services to be continuously added, so be on the lookout for these updates."

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The Google Play Services app began rolling out through the Play Store automatically, primarily in order to keep updates to the service independent of carrier or OEM updates. It can now be downloaded directly from the Play Store, however, and apps reliant on Google Play Services can automatically take users to the download page using an unsearchable "deep link" in the Play Store when needed.

The app's rollout is expected to complete within a week, but if you're for whatever reason itching to get the Google Play Services app on your device right away, or ever need to download/update it manually in the future, hit the widget below.

More Info on Play Services: Google Developers, Android Developers Blog

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    Pardon my stupid mind..but..uh what does this do? In plain English

    • Kahil

      I'm with you there...I don't get it... I got an email from Google about this and I was under the impression it was something you could integrate with your app to connect with Google stuff... but the comments in the Play Store have people talking about it like its a game.

      confused...

      • JordanMcRae

        People in the comments in the Play Store are trolling.
        But I'm right there with you guys. I don't really understand the necessity of this...guess it is a developer thing?

        • guy

          It helps devs incorporate g+ in their apps.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Among other things. I replied above with more details.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        The commenters are just having fun. There's not much to write in a review for a service app like this, so they're using it as a way to post funny things.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Basically, this is a component that developers need to be present on devices if they want to implement the capabilities Google Play Service provides, which are currently limited to:
      OAuth 2.0 authenticationGoogle+ sign-inGoogle+ +1 buttonIt may not seem like much now, but Google is going to grow functionality in the future.
      So this app here is the phone/tablet component that is needed for the apps to work. Such apps haven't implemented the new functionality yet as it just got released today, but I'm sure you'll start seeing them soon. A +1 button in apps is going to go a long way.
      Your device's Play Store should automatically install this library, but you can download it manually in case it doesn't, or if you ever reinstall a ROM without it, for example.

      Any questions - fire away.

      • Kahil

        lol...why couldn't google explain it like that? their description read like IKEA instructions. so basically its like what facebook and twitter have had for some time, but for google+... you could log into app services with your account...associate your app with it's google+ page, etc. Is that right?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Something like that - it's basically some under-the-hood stuff, nothing you can actually play with or run.

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          there is no real reason for google to explain it. The services is only really for devs and even then it doesn't change anything except the location. remember when the Android market and all google services for that matter were in the system?? Now it's not now it's an updatable app just like everything else.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            This isn't for devs though - this specific app is for users to install. I get what you're saying but if this app is forcibly installed, people will wonder wtf it does. Google definitely could have explained it better.

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            most people who wonder WTF the services app is will look into it everyone else won't even care. the only reason I knew is because my notification app never dismissed. My wife never even noticed it happened. I think everyone is making a bigger deal out of this than it actually is.

      • Asphyx

        I have often wondered why Google doesn't just put the entire GApps system into the play store and load it whenever you create a google account into Android.
        Maybe it's too difficult to do that but it would be a very good way to implement it and save developers (and flashers) of Roms a lot of extra steps when running custom.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I'd love that.

        • Ruslan

          Not evryone want entire Gapps,some people like just want Playstore and dont want Gmail,GoogleFeedback,GoogleSerchbar and other things.

      • quincy bryant

        ok im some what new to google play bec. i have the android market and there's some games that my phone trys to get but wont download it i have wireless internet even half of the time i have to try and download the apps or games before i go to bed and it will some times work but then wont and my phone is android citrus WX445 is it a good idea to download google play then so i can get the apps or games i want to download thank u if want to answer back email me at tummer1412@gmail.com

    • Spoken Word™
  • Spoken Word™

    The app comments are hi-la-ri-ous!

    • DavidKeith

      I know, I was soo confused at first.. then I just played along.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Distributing it via the Play Store... does it help G combat the Chinese pirates who are using hacked versions of GApps or others?

  • Freak4Dell

    It really bugs me that Google didn't capitalize the S in services. I hate it when regular developers do crap like that too, but come on Google...you're Google.

  • mgamerz

    Does this requires the google services framework ("Gapps")? Say someone had a kindle fire they rooted and wanted to install apps that required this.

  • https://plus.google.com/106721695871122826476/posts?hl=en Aja Hemphill

    It says it lets you connect with "Google Services", not just Google+. I'm hoping one application for this will be cloud game saves linked to your account and some kind of game center. This is WAAAYYY overdue... So tired of losing all my progress in a game after wiping my phone, or going from my Galaxy Nexus to my Nexus 7, or even upgrading.

  • Jack

    Not cool how they force this on ur phone without any notice or choice, and if u uninstall it, wont do anything cuz it sneaks its way back on phone, how rude of google!!! Triple thumbs down, u gett negative 2 stars on this one google, someone should file a lawsuit!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Let me get right on that. And while I'm at it, I'll join the Play Store auto-updating itself to the suit.

  • john white

    do not install this is just another google monitoring app that steals your info..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Did you take your pills today?

      • john white

        silently installed on my phone. when running internet slowed down drastically. n no i dont take pills. but thanks.. if you look at the permissions it has everyone possible. bad app..

  • Slp

    I just got a new tablet. I am getting an error message basically saying the play store app has stopped unexpectedly and to try again. It says to force close or report. However, i can't get into any of the apps I downloaded or am able to download any others. I still have market loaded. Do i need to remove it?

    • immu

      Even i m facing the same problem Google Play service(process com.google.andriod.gms/vending)has stopped unexpectedly. i get this message nearly 100+ times per day.. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee help........... give any solution for this

  • i hate google

    i just found this piece of shit on my phone today..it fucked up my mcpe game and now i have to reroot and reinstall my custom rom all cause this shit showed up on my phone without any notice and this if im correct is invasion of privacy and unauthorized use of a persons device and if also correct companies that have apps require the user to agree to installing...i smell a nice lawsuit comming to google cause i never had problems with my phone till this came up...i didnt pay $300 for a phone so an overpowered crack company can do shit on my phone without me knowing first...not to mention they scan your files if your hosting a ftp server for home use only and if want proof i have the logs showing all of googles ip addresses and dns addresses

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      You're done now?

  • disappointed

    I unistalled this application and the next day I noticed it was there again! I don't like this. I feel that my privacy has been violated.

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      It is now part of the Android system services. There is no way to get rid of it unless you disable the Google Play Store app.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    After reading this blog article
    http://www.androidnz.net/2012/09/the-best-thing-about-google-play.html

    I am wondering if this could mean devs would be able to include two-ways syncing of application settings (ie: game saves, etc) using that new framework.

  • CSharp

    Hmm. It may be harmless--on paper. On my phone, it took up that last couple of megs of internal memory I keep free so that I can receive text messages and send and receive email with the lousy gmail app. All of a sudden, I was getting low internal memory warnings and messages were being rejected and I couldn't figure out what was wrong. I tried uninstalling a couple of apps I don't use much and it didn't help. When I ran app2sd, I found this lovely little gift taking up precious space and it had been installed without my say so and there was no notification. Isn't that part of the defiinintion of a virus? For crying out loud, even microsoft notifies you when they update your system. Why are you making this sound like a good/desirable thing? I don't use Google+ and it should be up to me if I want to enable integration with a service I don't even use.

    • onion_a

      This is exactly what i was going t write. So did you uninstal it? I am not sure if i should do it

    • Gnobiwan

      If you're relying on a " couple of megs of internal memory I keep free so that I can receive text messages and send and receive email with the lousy gmail app" you either need a better phone or need to learn how to properly use Android.

      • Xredex

        Not true. Some people can't afford a high-end phone like that. And as for the other comment, sure, you can root, use link2sd to save a tiny bit of space, but that's it, really.

    • Dan

      Probably you overloaded your android with useless apps and games. A typical thing of most phone users. I would agree you need to learn to use android better. Or like its been said a better phone.

      • GalaxyPro

        Some Android phones have small memory and reach "low mem" without installed games!

  • Rakuten Kitizawa

    ..I agree with everything CSharp has to say. This installs itself like a virus...without a users consent. Everytime I turn on my wifi, it installs, even though I uninstalled it. It probably has re-installed about 4 or 5 times now. When installed, any and all text messages/notification of a new gmail email get rejected..the more important thing being able to recieve text messages. Maybe if this had of been installed to sd card it would of been better. Or at least an option for it instead of installing to internal phone memory..? Unless that doesnt fix not being able to recieve texts..then I dont want this app installed, period. Maybe if they had of included it as an update to the android play market instead of a separate app..people wouldnt have noticed it so much. Thats if it wasnt a 1mb almost 2mb update. The most that Id ever want this update to be in size would be 100kb. Well, at least I can keep uninstalling it..Or, if google had of designed their OS better so that I recieved texts to sd card, and not internal phone memory, maybe I wouldnt even have this issue of not being able to recieve texts..? And I could have this installed too..The future is that there will be 2TB micro sd cards. I'd rather things go to the sd card, instead of a small internal phone memory that I can't upgrade in size like you can with an sd card.

  • AT&Google (nasty couple)

    What if i do NOT want google raping my device with more forced apps? What if Google Play screwed up my "Google Play Services" in their last "Play" update that stripped my " Bill My Carrier" optioin and replaced it with their annoying "redeem"..? What if Google is NOT addressing any if these issues, not responding on their Google+ page OR responding to those canned "FAQ" pages they have in their forum? What if APPLE REALLY IS the best platform to go with?

    • http://www.facebook.com/wrongside Matt Pellerin

      Bill my carrier was removed by AT&T moron.

      Idiots like you make me sick

  • karad

    Why can't I opt out? I don't need it; I don't want it! It slows my phone down to a crawl, wants too many permissions, and I'm sick of it! I don't really want to root my phone but I'm wondering if that would help...

  • addy

    You are all speaking alien to me. Is it good or bad?! That's all I want to know dammit! Wtf happens if I uninstall it? WHAT? Will it mess up my phone? Come on now people, I know you can explain it without using all those stupid computer words.

  • dav

    This app is communist bull shit! It installs itself even after you uninstall it. You can't find it in the play store. It has to much access to your phone. You can't stop it. I want this shit off my phone or i will have to switch to a windows phone. My smart phone has been acting stupid since it installed itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Chris122509 Curtis Washington

    I dont even have Google + so the hell with Google play services, keeps installing automatically that's invasion of privacy...get out my phone...

    • http://www.facebook.com/wrongside Matt Pellerin

      Nope, it's a major part of stock Android. It's necessary. Don't like it? too bad!

  • Railenthe Zeal

    This installs without a warning ever since I removed Avast! from my phone. The fact that it only appears now that there is no outside protection makes me not trust it--not to mention that a piece of hardware that doesn't have much in the way of space can't afford to suddenly have seven megs suddenly taking up space specifically reserved so that notifications work well.

  • Me

    Every time I uninstall the google play services app it keeps reinstalling by itself. I didn't authorize this, nor do I use gmail. I've also forced stopped this app. How do I remove this unwanted app?

    • http://www.facebook.com/wrongside Matt Pellerin

      You don't have a choice, it's an integral part of the OS. It's like trying to uninstall Gmail or Play Store

  • pissed off customer

    This new bullshit is pissing me off. I try to use my phone and a god damn message continuously pops up forcing to close. Itis driving me insane. If this horse shit doesnt piss off then i think i bette look at apple or the competition that wont fuck around. I am getting tired of it forcing to close every 2 minutes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wrongside Matt Pellerin

      Don't buy junk phones and this won't happen

  • http://www.facebook.com/meortz Joan Tanghal Pedroche

    My tot accidentally force stop my google play service and when i reinstall it,it says that it ir incompatible for same user name?what todo bout this cnt use map

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidtb Dt Bell

    Good idea, and long overdue.
    If you've owned a Nexus7 knockoff you know what I mean.

  • Christina Gibson

    Ok, I have an Acer Iconia A200. Have had it since January 2013 and no major problems until this week, June 18, 2013, Google wants me to install Google Play Services, but when I try, I get authentication is required. Sign into Google account. I am already signed in, what the heck! Programs are not working right and I can't update anything like Books, Movies, mail, google , YouTube, and a few games. Its starting to piss me off. I've done everything I've looked up on what to do except a factory restore - I really don't want to mess with that. Thank you!

  • lis

    I have arches 80 titanium tablet withre installed Google play. Up until recently the games worked perfectly into I started getting this message "Google gapps is no longer working". From then on I can't download a games directly from any website (including Google). Nor can I download the Play Store etc. Why has this happened? Did I do something wrong? Please can someone help me gat my games working again?

  • sesan

    I have an android 4.0.4 but can't install the play service. And some apps wont work wit out it... Somebody help!!!!

  • Churchill Bracknell

    i mistakenly deleted Google play store and Google play service and i use a Techno q1 and i don't no how to install it back though! pls help

  • Heyitsjayyy

    Can u get google play on the Motorola citrus or can u update to it somehow . If so please tell me and does your phone have to have service I tried a. APk but it won't work could anyone please direct me to a video or just please tell me if you know -android user

  • anon

    I CANT GET IT BECAUSE PLAY STORE WONT WORK HELP PLEASE I NEED THE PLAY SERVICES TO GDT THE STORE TO WORK

  • Keonte Deal

    I can't Download it it says icompatible with Shared ID user(s)

  • lyndale johnson

    i uninstalled my play store app by mistake how do i get it back. please help

  • rhamdan

    Koq stiap instal keterangn nya
    Tidak kompatibel dg id pengguna trs ya, ad yg tau ga knp??

  • Faheem

    i hav one isue that iz wd my net n smrat phone,
    Goolgle services not working inwhich play store,gmail,map error is no internet connection but othr apps like f.b yahoo linkdin was working propely at the same time...

    I JST think that only on my connection at evo wingle it my b oky