The Android parent releases a new version of its operating system every year. Take for example how Android 8.0 Oreo replaced the famous Android 7.0 Nougat. Nonetheless, the operating system gets better with every version because everything gets revamped starting with basic features and ending with the UI (user interface).
However, there is one app that never gets changed or removed in the process of updating the operating system. The app we are talking about is called Google Play Services and despite most people not knowing what it does, Google Play Services is essential to Android smartphones.
Google Play Services 12.6.88 Update
As previously mentioned, Google Play Services is a key component of all Android operating system and therefore, it should come as no surprise that Google’s developers are constantly releasing new updates for it. The latest update for Google Play Services changes its version number to “12.6.88” and it is available in the form of APK right now.
Since Google Play Services is a background app that ensures everything works fine, the new update doesn’t introduce any groundbreaking features or visual changes. However, the new update comes with a bunch of software tweaks that improve Google Play Services’ stability.
APK (Android Package Kit)
In case you didn’t know, APK is an acronym for Android Package Kit and this means that Android users are the only ones allowed to download this type of updates. Fun fact about APKs is that all apps release APK versions of their latest updates so that beta testers and eager users can get their hands on them before they are rolled out through OTA (over the air) channels.
Another important thing that we need to mention about APK updates is that Android users are required to manually download and install them on their devices. Moreover, users are also required to enable the “Install apps from unknown sources” option first.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.