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Something's up: 16 core Android apps have been updated near simultaneously

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Something's up: 16 core Android apps have been updated near simultaneously
A Reddit user first sounded the alarm less than 12 hours ago, reporting a somewhat suspicious activity: in total, 16 Google apps have received updates until now. This is highly unusual, and considering the massive hoop-la around the Nexus 5 these last 48 hours, we are definitely getting that gut feeling that Android 4.4 KitKat is right behind the corner.

Of course, it's worth pointing out that within that number of 16 apps, at least Google+ and Hangouts have a plausible explanation. The rest, however, are a good indicator that something is happening. What makes this even more curious, is the fact that these updates have not been pushed to any one device so far – you can see their updated date tags on the Play Store, but you ain't getting an automatic update as per usual.

Unfortunately, speculation hasn't really gotten us anywhere thus far, so this time around we'll let you form your own opinions. In case you're curious, you can see the full list of apps that have been updated right below.

  • Google Play Services
  • Gmail 
  • Drive 
  • Calendar 
  • Earth
  • Translate
  • Chrome
  • Hangouts
  • Goggles
  • Play Magazines
  • Keep
  • Wallet 
  • Blogger 
  • Google+ 
  • Analytics
  • Fiber

source: Reddit via TechRadar

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posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:26 4

1. rawbow (Posts: 405; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


BRing on the Nexus 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:32 22

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6644; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Google is the biggest troll ever.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:04 1

16. rsolomonjr1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


And your roms are dopest roms ever. lol

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:20

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6644; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Running LiquidSmooth v2.10 4.3 Jellybean on my S3. ;)

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 15:24

28. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Yo I heard the next version of liquid smooth got a rom in a rom. So you can multitask while you switch roms!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:53

22. jacko1977 (Posts: 377; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


piss off troll

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:04 1

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6644; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How is he trolling? Please enlighten me sir.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:44 2

21. designerfx (Posts: 65; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


No way dude. That title is explicitly handed to Microsoft, the biggest troll of them all.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:33 2

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Smells like KitKat is near. I really do hope that KitKat comes to my slightly old device, after knowing that it will be optimized for legacy devices.

Bring it on, Google!!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 08:51

14. in_core (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Which phone do you own?

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 14:16

27. yowanvista (Posts: 275; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The whole 'optimized for older devices' thing is BS, ain't gonna happen since Google doesn't own proprietary sources for those countless midrange/low end handsets.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:34 1

4. devil888 (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Has something like this happened before? Like when Jelly Bean was announced or something? If so then it makes the remark that kitkat is inches away seem a lot more believable, otherwise...

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:37

5. aditya.k (Posts: 410; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


That's what KitKat is I guess! LOL! :P
Now I get what 'It's for everyone!' meant. Its just an app update. :D JK!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:37

6. aditya.k (Posts: 410; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


That's what KitKat is I guess! LOL! :P
Now I get what 'It's for everyone!' meant. Its just an app update. :D JK!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:42 1

7. mr.techdude (Posts: 494; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Google THE TROLL OF TROLLS!!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:48 1

8. Jommick (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


I did find it interesting that the Google play store silently updated itself on my phone.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:23 1

19. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


Yeah, I found that interesting as well. I was checking a couple of my apps for updates. I pressed the settings button as I usually do. I noticed the "My Apps" gone from the settings. Then somehow I accidentally slid it left and there it was. Amazing, I been trolled.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:50

9. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Wish they wouldn't release mass updates like this. It slows down the whole eco-system, we're having problems signing into all Google Services where i work.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:57

10. EgyDroid (Posts: 69; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


SOMETHING . IS . HAPPENING . SOON (O_O)

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:58

11. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Google just announce the phone already... Its 99.9% leaked all we need is your announcement.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 08:14

12. losersam (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Maybe the rumour "Google is separating core apps from base layer for faster update" might come true

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:25

20. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


It already has. Much of the core elements are on there, like Keyboard. Having SMS on Hangouts pretty much solidifies the messaging.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 08:18

13. papss (Posts: 3447; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Hope to get the update fairly fast on my note 3

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:01 5

15. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)


I wonder if Kitkat would hit tomorrow on Halloween. Candy bar based OS on the biggest candy day of the year

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:11

17. youdug (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


thats what my guess has been all along.
it would only make sense to release kit kat on halloween.
all the speculation this and that yet to me its clear as day when its going to be released.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:54

23. duder52 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


The phone and kit kat will be released tomorrow. It's candy and so will be released to correspond with halloween

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:23 1

25. Courtimus (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


4x4=16

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:29

26. kami70b (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Android 4.4 is coming soon then...

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