Google Play services made a rather lofty jump from 7.0 to 7.3 a few days ago. While there don't appear to be any big API changes for developers, a couple of pretty obnoxious issues were cleared up for regular users. It looks like the Home address in Trusted Places is not only working again, but there may be an improved UI that makes it even easier to set up safe zones (if you didn't already have it). Android Wear owners will also be pleased to say goodbye to the persistent notification. As always, we've got a download link below.
Leading the charge for change is a new UI for configuring Trusted Places. [Update: Some people have had this UI for a while. It may have been triggered by a server-side switch prior to this update, which probably enables it for everybody.] There is now a convenient maps widget with a ring of blue dots that represents a chosen safe zone. This implementation also breaks away from the reliance on specific street addresses and instead allows users to pinpoint specific map coordinates. Of course, it's still possible to search and enter locations by address, so users have the best of both worlds.
Android Wear users were the beneficiaries of another change that was made with this update. We're all familiar with a persistent notification that was always displayed if there was a paired smartwatch, regardless of its connection status. Naturally, this was irritating since it just served to clutter up the list of notifications. With the latest update, this notification is finally dismissible. It returns whenever a paired watch loses or re-establishes connection, but some reports claim that it can disappear on its own if enough time passes. Thanks Anthony DeFrancesco.
Installing Play Services 7.3.27 will also change the pull-to-refresh implementation in Google+ from an animated bar to Google's newer rotating arrow.
These are the changes we know about, so far. If anybody stumbles onto something else, let us know in the comments!
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.
Version: 7.3.27 (1857062)
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