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Google Play, Gmail, Maps and other Google services hit by global outage?

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Google Play, Gmail, Maps and other Google services hit by global outage?
It looks like Google is experiencing some problems with lots of its mobile services, including Play Store, Gmail, and Maps.

We can confirm that, as we type this, Play Store and Google Maps do not work at all in some parts of Europe, while Gmail is also not functioning properly. When trying to access Play Store from any Android handset, we're greeted by a forever-loading (actually not loading) screen - as seen on the left. The same can be said about Google Maps. 

Further confirming the problems, Droid-life reports that Hangouts isn’t working in the US, and neither are the services that we already mentioned above.

Google didn’t announce anything about this yet, so we’re hoping that the issues - whatever their nature is - will be solved quickly. Because, you know, it sucks not having access to your email, Play Store account, or Maps.

Are you experiencing problems with Google services at the moment? Let us known in the comments below (mentioning your location is optional).

Update: Everything seems to be back to normal now, after several hours in which many users reported issues.

more at: Droid-life

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posted on 16 May 2014, 15:47 1

1. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


Fine in the UK, London.

posted on 16 May 2014, 15:57 1

7. Finalflash (Posts: 1720; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea Manchester is good as well.

posted on 16 May 2014, 15:48 6

2. JOHNNY8573 (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


steve jobs from the grave

posted on 16 May 2014, 15:52

3. fsalto98 (Posts: 31; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Not working on my gs4 and im in ohio

posted on 16 May 2014, 15:53

4. SellPhones82 (Posts: 499; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Updating apps in the Play store right now and Gmail seems to be fine as I have new emails.

posted on 16 May 2014, 15:56

5. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Just checked Gmail. Seems to work. In Finland

posted on 16 May 2014, 15:57

6. GoBears (Posts: 346; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Northeast PA here and services are out.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:00

8. domfonusr (Posts: 368; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Everything is fine if I use a computer, but my Android phone is a different story. Google services on my phone are spotty at best right now here in South Central PA. Sometimes they're up, and sometimes they're down. Using home WiFi for data on my LG Viper 4G LTE running Android 4.0.4.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:13

9. Augustine (Posts: 709; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


While the same services work well from the phone browser, not so from the respective apps down here in Texas.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:19

13. Augustine (Posts: 709; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


However, I noticed that they work on WiFi and for a friend on a different carrier. Perhaps it depends on which data center one gets to.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:14

10. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Play Music stopped working for me on the way home about an hour ago. Haven't tried it since.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:15

11. hmd74 (Posts: 305; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Maybe Google is making play store work in Iran :D

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:17 8

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This happens occasionally when the NSA rolls out an update to Google's code.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:32

14. TattooedMailman (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)


Maps, music, hangouts, and play store not working -Philadelphia

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:39

15. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1003; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


This is bad,someone is hacking...hehehe.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:46

16. patric (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


I could not use Google maps on Thursday

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:49

17. baldilocks (Posts: 505; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


All good here in Delaware.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:51

18. matty1323 (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Located in Arizona, USA here and i've had a wave of issues with all the google services here as well. It's been up and down for the past few hours.

posted on 16 May 2014, 17:13

19. roscuthiii (Posts: 1791; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Not working in the PAC NW either. Cleared cache, cleared data, uninstalled updates, switched to Wi-Fi network... All before I remembered to check the internet to see if others are having the same problem. So I can't be sure if it was my efforts or if Google fixed it on their end.

Also, possibly unrelated - last night I experienced a Chrome crash on my laptop. The browser still worked, but would not connect to google.com or perform Google searches.

Could be a fairly widespread problem. It's because of glitches like these that I just don't trust the cloud.

posted on 16 May 2014, 17:20

20. gadgetsinnepal (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2014)


Fine in Nepal

posted on 16 May 2014, 17:21

21. HASHTAG (Posts: 151; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


Hangouts was working fine for me the whole day.

posted on 16 May 2014, 18:25

22. joneslick (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


All apps mentioned working fine for me
Tulsa, OK

posted on 16 May 2014, 19:12 1

23. alexandroid (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


works fine here in the Philippines,

posted on 17 May 2014, 06:40

24. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


No issue at all, western Canada.

posted on 17 May 2014, 08:55

25. Aviral (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)


Experiencing same play store problem in India it takes a lot of time to load

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