Just over a week after its last update, it seems Google Play Services is receiving another bump - this time up to 6.1.71.
Of course, Google hasn't posted an official change log for the update quite yet, but we've already got the APK and can point out a few differences. The most obvious one is of course the new launcher icon for Google Settings, which follows Google's yet unspoken launcher icon design guidelines
The various menus also have new L-style checkboxes on pre-L devices. We're still digging around to see what's new, so we'll add more details here as we find them.
In the meantime you can grab the APK for yourself. Like other recent updates, this APK behaves oddly on the L preview. The colors are dark, resources mismatched, and the overflow button causes a force close. It seems Google is holding back some updates (like the Play Store) from the L preview, likely due to API conflicts. Download at your own risk!
To figure out the right version of Google Play services for your Android device, go to Settings -> Apps -> Google Play services, and look at the last 3 numbers in the parentheses. You'll see something like -XYZ where:
* X defines Android version:
- 0 for Android <5.0
- 4 and 7 for Android >=5.0
- 8 for Android TV
* Y defines CPU architecture:
- 1 for armeabi
- 3 for armeabi-v7a
- 4 for arm64-v8a
- 7 for x86
* Z defines DPI:
- 0 for universal
- 2 for 160
- 4 for 240
- 6 for 320
- 8 for 480
- It seems that -7YZ builds became -4YZ with Google Play services 6.5. If you were on -7YZ before, you should now install -4YZ.
- Looks like -8YZ builds are for Android TV.
- -014 for Android <5.0 armeabi CPU 240 DPI device
- -438 for Android 5.0+ armeabi-v7a CPU 480 DPI device
- -876 for Android TV x86 CPU 320 DPI device
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.