Google apps updated just days before Android 4.4 KitKat is expected

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googleandroidIf you have any sort of Android powered device you might have noticed a ton of applications getting updated in the recent days.  According to reports, the Google apps installed on your devices, as well as others that you might have downloaded, are getting updated in order to be ready for the Android 4.4 software that is coming any day now.  The announced updates came during an event that many thought would bring the latest and official information regarding the new Nexus 5 smartphone, but that was not the case.

As disappointing as that was for many, it is nice to see other things happening that will help the new software be installed correctly and without problems.  However, all problems with downloaded software are never avoided and judging by the history of Android updates, users are in for at least one hiccup before things are settled on their device after the update is installed.  While Google is still teasing the release of the Android 4.4. KitKat software to anxious mobile users all over the place, other updates have been happening behind the scene.  Typically, Google uses Wednesday to release updates to its pre-installed applications, but this time there was more than 15 updates in one day.

Of the Google apps that were updated, the list included Google Play Services, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Earth, Translate, Chrome, Hangouts, Goggles, Play Magazines, Keep, Wallet, Blogger, Google+, Analytics, Fiber, Snapseed.  Not every single app on this list is pre-installed on all devices, but there are a couple of major ones including Chrome, Drive, Keep and Google Play services.  If you have automatic updates turned off and have been getting notifications, you might want to make sure you get the updates completed before the Android 4.4 software arrives.

These updates do not mean that Android 4.4 is coming tomorrow, but because Google found the need to get them updated all at the same time is a very good sign that the latest version of the operating system is finding its last few steps before downloads are available.  It is even possible that the Nexus 5 will come without the software, but based on all of the leaked information and what Google has been teasing that just does not seem likely to happen.  Rumors suggested that the software would be made available before November.

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