Google having syncing problems in the lead-up to the Play event

Google having syncing problems in the lead-up to the Play event
If your Android device has been popping up with an error message saying that "there was a problem communicating with Google servers", you're not the only one who has been having problems. The issues are spread out a bit. We can't say how many people are affected, but we have been getting multiple tips on it, and of course our own devices are also showing the error.

It is rare that Google has an issue like this, and usually the effects are relatively isolated, but the timing of the errors are somewhat interesting. Maybe it's just that we're still in Apple mode after the iPad announcement earlier this week, but given the traditional shutdown of the Apple Store before a big announcement, we are leaning towards seeing this issue as something more than a coincidence. 

It could very well be nothing, but we have to keep in mind that Google is prepping for its Google Play Night Out event, which starts in about half an hour. We know that hardware isn't on the docket, but if there are software changes coming, it could mean that Google is making changes to Play services, which could be involved in the syncing problems. 

We're looking into it, and we'll have all the news from Google's event as it happens tonight.



1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Im seeing that error on my mobile now....thanks PA for the info

2. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Hit +1 if you came to PA expecting an answer to the error on your phone I did !

3. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

could someone post some info about this event? this, nor the article you linked have the start time. i assume in about a half hour means 7 eastern. do we know anything about what the event will be about or who will be speaking?

4. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

I thought someting was wrong with my nexus 10. I came home from class and tried to use it and i kept getting this error. I couldn't even see my youtube channel because that wasn't working either.

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I was getting that error, but I thought that there was something up with my network (I'm on Sprint and they've been messing with the towers around here lately), but now it seems to be just fine.

16. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I think I should add I'm on Galaxy S2 on 4.1.3.

6. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

No kidding! I have had Sync issues all day. And the youtube app isnt working on any of my android devices.

7. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Getting errors with the new YouTube update as well :/

8. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

No problems here. Los Angeles, T-mo, S3.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Same. Chicago, T-Mo, S3 running 4.3.

9. Doppiadi

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

This is reassuring, I am having problems with my modded phone and I thought I had messed up with Gaps and was looking for a seems we just have to wait :)

10. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

Also happening on Chrome on my laptop..

11. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i had this problem too just figured it was my tablet, im running a nexus 7 2013 in toronto canada

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

apple fanboys in 3..2..1.

14. itzmando

Posts: 119; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I haven't faced any problems with syncing my Gmail, youtube, books all work no problem. San Diego, VZ, GNexus

17. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Why is there no article covering last nights event? Seriously, just went and double checked and nothing. I find it hard to believe that phone arena would advertise such an event in other articles then not bother to actually cover it.

18. slim11208

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

This article was posted 10-24-2013. But this issue started for me today 2-28-2014. I have a TMobile LG G2 - Software Version: D80110g. Hopefully it.gets resolved soon.

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