Google Play Services

Updates Google apps and synchronizes your contacts


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  • Category General
  • Program license Free
  • Version 10.1.33_(534
  • Size 22 MB
  • Works under: Android
  • Program available in English
  • Content rating Everyone
  • Package name
  • Program by Google Inc.
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Google Play Services is a core Androids app that keeps your other apps up-to-date.

Google Play is more than an app storefront. It’s a platform through which you manage your devices, apps, locations and so forth. Google Play Services is the app the allows for communication between your devices and that platform. Its primary purpose is to ensure that your apps are updated and thus don’t cause conflicts with the operating system and other apps. This occurs without manual input. On a schedule, this app checks your other apps against a database and updates them accordingly.

You can also use this app to manage your account. It provides control over all of the apps you’ve claimed rather than just the ones you have installed on a particular device. You can set your privacy settings, synchronize your contacts and use location-based services. It handles authentication and manages memory for games and other intensive apps, and most of the time you’re using this app, you won’t even think about it because it tends to do its job in the background.

Google Play Services is a core but not essential Android component. It should be preinstalled on your Android device and is primarily available for downloading for updating purposes. There are scenarios, such as with rooted devices, where this app isn’t present and requires a fresh install if you want it.

This app can be resource-intensive. Whether high memory and battery usage is the fault of this app or other apps that rely on it is a matter of debate and certainly situational. Regardless, this app can run amuck at times and can be difficult for novice users to suspend or eliminate.


  • Keeps apps up-to-date
  • Lets you manage all apps across devices
  • Manage devices, locations and other settings


  • Can be resource-intensive


- Maps API v2 for Android Wear

- Wear API improvements, including Channel API for bidirectional data transfer between devices

- Fit API improvements, including new API for reading aggregated daily totals

- Location API improvements, including parameter for setting max wait time

- Places API improvements, including ability to retrieve attributions

Potentially dangerous permissions

  • ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access approximate location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION.
  • ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
  • ADD_VOICEMAIL: Allows an application to add voicemails into the system.
  • BODY_SENSORS: Allows an application to access data from sensors that the user uses to measure what is happening inside his/her body, such as heart rate.
  • CALL_PHONE: Allows an application to initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call.
  • CAMERA: Required to be able to access the camera device.
  • GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
  • PROCESS_OUTGOING_CALLS: Allows an application to see the number being dialed during an outgoing call with the option to redirect the call to a different number or abort the call altogether.
  • READ_CALENDAR: Allows an application to read the user's calendar data.
  • READ_CALL_LOG: Allows an application to read the user's call log.
  • READ_CONTACTS: Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.
  • READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
  • READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
  • READ_SMS: Allows an application to read SMS messages.
  • RECEIVE_MMS: Allows an application to monitor incoming MMS messages.
  • RECEIVE_SMS: Allows an application to receive SMS messages.
  • RECORD_AUDIO: Allows an application to record audio.
  • SEND_SMS: Allows an application to send SMS messages.
  • WRITE_CONTACTS: Allows an application to write the user's contacts data.
  • WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.

Other permissions

  • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
  • ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • BLUETOOTH: Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
  • BLUETOOTH_ADMIN: Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices.
  • BLUETOOTH_PRIVILEGED: Allows applications to pair bluetooth devices without user interaction, and to allow or disallow phonebook access or message access. This is not available to third party applications.
  • BROADCAST_STICKY: Allows an application to broadcast sticky intents. These are broadcasts whose data is held by the system after being finished, so that clients can quickly retrieve that data without having to wait for the next broadcast.
  • CALL_PRIVILEGED: Allows an application to call any phone number, including emergency numbers, without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed.
  • CAPTURE_AUDIO_OUTPUT: Allows an application to capture audio output.
  • CAPTURE_SECURE_VIDEO_OUTPUT: Allows an application to capture secure video output.
  • CAPTURE_VIDEO_OUTPUT: Allows an application to capture video output.
  • CHANGE_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to change network connectivity state.
  • CHANGE_WIFI_MULTICAST_STATE: Allows applications to enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode.
  • CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
  • DISABLE_KEYGUARD: Allows applications to disable the keyguard if it is not secure.
  • GET_TASKS: This constant was deprecated in API level 21. No longer enforced.
  • INSTALL_SHORTCUT: Allows an application to install a shortcut in Launcher.
  • INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
  • LOCATION_HARDWARE: Allows an application to use location features in hardware, such as the geofencing api.
  • MODIFY_PHONE_STATE: Allows modification of the telephony state - power on, mmi, etc. Does not include placing calls.
  • NFC: Allows applications to perform I/O operations over NFC.
  • PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS: Allows an application to collect component usage statistics
  • READ_LOGS: Allows an application to read the low-level system log files.
  • READ_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to read the sync settings.
  • READ_VOICEMAIL: Allows an application to read voicemails in the system.
  • RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
  • SET_TIME: Allows applications to set the system time.
  • SET_TIME_ZONE: Allows applications to set the system time zone.
  • SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
  • USE_FINGERPRINT: Allows an app to use fingerprint hardware.
  • VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
  • WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
  • WRITE_SETTINGS: Allows an application to read or write the system settings.
  • WRITE_SYNC_SETTINGS: Allows applications to write the sync settings.
  • android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_CONDITIONS
  • android.permission.AUTHENTICATE_ACCOUNTS
  • android.permission.BACKUP
  • android.permission.CAPTURE_AUDIO_HOTWORD
  • android.permission.CONTROL_INCALL_EXPERIENCE
  • android.permission.GET_APP_OPS_STATS
  • android.permission.INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS
  • android.permission.LOCAL_MAC_ADDRESS
  • android.permission.MANAGE_ACCOUNTS
  • android.permission.MANAGE_DEVICE_ADMINS
  • android.permission.MANAGE_SOUND_TRIGGER
  • android.permission.MANAGE_USB
  • android.permission.MANAGE_VOICE_KEYPHRASES
  • android.permission.MODIFY_AUDIO_ROUTING
  • android.permission.MODIFY_NETWORK_ACCOUNTING
  • android.permission.NOTIFY_PENDING_SYSTEM_UPDATE
  • android.permission.OVERRIDE_WIFI_CONFIG
  • android.permission.PROVIDE_TRUST_AGENT
  • android.permission.READ_DREAM_STATE
  • android.permission.READ_OEM_UNLOCK_STATE
  • android.permission.READ_PRIVILEGED_PHONE_STATE
  • android.permission.READ_PROFILE
  • android.permission.READ_WIFI_CREDENTIAL
  • android.permission.REAL_GET_TASKS
  • android.permission.RECEIVE_DATA_ACTIVITY_CHANGE
  • android.permission.RECOVERY
  • android.permission.REGISTER_CALL_PROVIDER
  • android.permission.SCORE_NETWORKS
  • android.permission.SEND_SMS_NO_CONFIRMATION
  • android.permission.SUBSCRIBED_FEEDS_READ
  • android.permission.SUBSCRIBED_FEEDS_WRITE
  • android.permission.TETHER_PRIVILEGED
  • android.permission.UPDATE_APP_OPS_STATS
  • android.permission.USER_ACTIVITY
  • android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS
  • android.permission.WRITE_PROFILE
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