Google Play services

Google Play services

Review

If you are a developer or a publisher with multiple ads or apps on the Google Play Store, or are using various Google services and need to keep track of each one, Google Play Services is how you do it. Now, you can manage all your Google services and privacy settings in a single space.

Design 4/5

The design of the app is quite bland with a dull dark background. Recent updates have tried to add a little more color. The UI is interactive, and you’ll be guided by text prompts, and if some piece of information is important, it might be highlighted in a different color. The best part about the design is how intuitive it is. All you literally have to do is follow the prompts as provided by the app, unless you are planning to root your smartphone in which case you won’t be using this app. The interface update may vary depending on the app or API.

Content and Features 4/5

Managing multiple Google channels in a world where the word ‘Google’ has almost become ubiquitous might prove challenging. With Google Play Services, you can handle all your data such as your calendars, photos, maps, and your contacts and with the app, you can do this directly on your phone. It also allows you to easily manage all associated Google APIs on your device. This is important as Google offers tons of APIs some of which you install unknowingly or without much thought.

With a single sign-on, you’ll be automatically authenticated inside of all your applications, including being provided with sharing options to Google+. Along with syncing with Google Drive, you can be sure that all your files have been updated cross-platform. With Google Play Protect, you can add an extra layer of security for all your Google-driven applications and associated APIs, including password requirements for scheduled updates.

User Experience 3/5

The app is a beast when it comes to draining of battery life. It crashes incessantly on lower-end phones or those with limited RAM. You’d probably live comfortably without the need to install Google Play Services, although you won’t be able to access secure and managed updates from Google fast enough. The app also seems slightly incompatible with some versions of Chrome, even though they are supposedly updated by the same developer. Uninstalling the app causes instability on your phone, although the 3rd part like LineageOS could also work quite fine. Furthermore, the updates take way too long, and stability is never a guarantee.

Compatibility 3/5

Google Play Services are only available for Android devices, with the latest update requiring at least Android 4.0. You can’t get the app from the App Store and neither can you use Google Play Services on apps installed outside the Play Store.

Conclusion

While Google Play Services offers a neat management tool that allows you to keep control of all your associated Google products, it does so at a great expense. Too much crashing, ramming through precious battery life, and updates that leave your phone more vulnerable than before all create that antagonistic feeling towards this app.

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Google Play services review

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Sandra Parker

Google Play services review

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If you are a developer or a publisher with multiple ads or apps on the Google Play Store, or are using various Google services and need to keep track of each one, Google Play Services is how you do it. Now, you can manage all your Google services and privacy settings in a single space.

Design 4/5

The design of the app is quite bland with a dull dark background. Recent updates have tried to add a little more color. The UI is interactive, and you’ll be guided by text prompts, and if some piece of information is important, it might be highlighted in a different color. The best part about the design is how intuitive it is. All you literally have to do is follow the prompts as provided by the app, unless you are planning to root your smartphone in which case you won’t be using this app. The interface update may vary depending on the app or API.

Content and Features 4/5

Managing multiple Google channels in a world where the word ‘Google’ has almost become ubiquitous might prove challenging. With Google Play Services, you can handle all your data such as your calendars, photos, maps, and your contacts and with the app, you can do this directly on your phone. It also allows you to easily manage all associated Google APIs on your device. This is important as Google offers tons of APIs some of which you install unknowingly or without much thought.

With a single sign-on, you’ll be automatically authenticated inside of all your applications, including being provided with sharing options to Google+. Along with syncing with Google Drive, you can be sure that all your files have been updated cross-platform. With Google Play Protect, you can add an extra layer of security for all your Google-driven applications and associated APIs, including password requirements for scheduled updates.

User Experience 3/5

The app is a beast when it comes to draining of battery life. It crashes incessantly on lower-end phones or those with limited RAM. You’d probably live comfortably without the need to install Google Play Services, although you won’t be able to access secure and managed updates from Google fast enough. The app also seems slightly incompatible with some versions of Chrome, even though they are supposedly updated by the same developer. Uninstalling the app causes instability on your phone, although the 3rd part like LineageOS could also work quite fine. Furthermore, the updates take way too long, and stability is never a guarantee.

Compatibility 3/5

Google Play Services are only available for Android devices, with the latest update requiring at least Android 4.0. You can’t get the app from the App Store and neither can you use Google Play Services on apps installed outside the Play Store.

Conclusion

While Google Play Services offers a neat management tool that allows you to keep control of all your associated Google products, it does so at a great expense. Too much crashing, ramming through precious battery life, and updates that leave your phone more vulnerable than before all create that antagonistic feeling towards this app.

Pros:

  • Easy automated management of all your Google services, apps, and APIs

Cons:

  • Drains battery
  • Terrible performance on lower-end devices

Design 4

Content and features 4

User Experience 3

Devices 3

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