Thursday , March 8 2018

Updated Google Play Services fixes the broken “Check for Updates” button on Pixel and Nexus phones

If you’re an owner of one of Google’s Pixel or Nexus phones, you may have noticed in recent times that the check for update button doesn’t exactly do anything. Long criticised as a placebo, Google finally changed the way the button worked last year … to make it actually do something.

However it seems a recent bug introduced into Google Play Services broke the functionality, rendering the button again useless.

With the release of Google Play Services v.12.2.09, the Check for Updates button works again. It seems that this version is in open beta testing at the moment, meaning that if you’re on the beta channel for Play Services, you may already have (or be about to have) this update on your device.

For the impatient, you can also download the next version of Google Play Services from APK Mirror, but this isn’t the recommended approach. Make sure that you read the notes, especially on the 3-digit sequence, so that you download the right version for your device.

We’ve read reports that upon updating to this latest version, the Check for Updates button works again, and the delayed February security updates for Pixel and Nexus devices was immediately available for download.

Source: Reddit.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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