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

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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28 Comments

1. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google is the biggest troll ever.

16. rsolomonjr1

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

And your roms are dopest roms ever. lol

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

28. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

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

22. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

piss off troll

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How is he trolling? Please enlighten me sir.

21. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

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

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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!!

14. in_core

Posts: 80; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Which phone do you own?

27. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

4. devil888

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 11, 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...

5. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 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!

6. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 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!

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Google THE TROLL OF TROLLS!!

8. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

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

19. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

9. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

10. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

SOMETHING . IS . HAPPENING . SOON (O_O)

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

12. losersam

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

20. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

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

13. papss unregistered

Hope to get the update fairly fast on my note 3

15. Ralston1983

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

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

17. youdug

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 19, 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.

23. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

25. Courtimus

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

4x4=16

26. kami70b

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Android 4.4 is coming soon then...

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