17 Google apps updates rolling out, is this a sign that Google is readying KitKat for an imminent release?

by: Andrew GrushOctober 30, 2013

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Just yesterday, Vic Gundotra and the Google+ team brought us some exciting new Hangouts and Google+ changes, and now that just leaves us waiting (extremely impatiently) for Google to unveil the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat. We have still yet to see any official event invites and with all the teasing and hinting, many folks are starting to think that Google might just release the handset and OS update out of the blue without any formal press event.

While we still aren’t sure exactly what Google has in store for us, it is interesting to point out that a ton of Google apps are all now rolling out updates. Wednesday is normally a day for Google app updates, so this wouldn’t generally be a big deal but there’s just so many of them: seventeen in total!

Some of these updates were marked to begin rolling out on the 28th, some for the 29th, and others for today. Here’s the list so far, as noted by Reddit user JLishere:

Not all of these are major apps, but there are quite a few heavy hitters including Drive, Chrome, Google Play services and Keep. Keep in mind that all these updates don’t necessarily mean that Android 4.4 KitKat is arriving immediately, but it certainly suggests that Google is getting things ready for the launch sometime in the near future.

Even if KitKat and the Nexus 5 doesn’t roll out right away as many of us hope, at least we will soon have plenty of new app updates to keep us occupied as the wait drags on.

  • iTriune

    Anyone gotten any of these updates minus Snapseed and G+?

    • TeeJay1100

      I have the Google+ update via apk from @Droid-life.com

      • Wazzifer

        Exactly. None of those actually rolled out to anyone. I’m sick of misleading article titles.

  • Dee Lee

    My htc one google edition did’t get these update yet.

  • Gurkanwal Jot Singh

    NO Google update on nexus 4 on rogers in canada since yesterday’s google event!

  • Simon Belmont

    To the folks asking why they haven’t gotten the updates yet: Google is probably rolling out those updates in staged release form.

    That’s how it normally rolls out updates. I’m sure you’ll be seeing the updates in the next few days.

  • Girish Verma

    I tried updating Hangouts and its the latest version but i am not seeing ANY SMS integration

  • trwb

    I have not seen any updates to any of these apps including hangouts

    • BB BB

      Me Neither yet on the Play Store it is dated as Oct 29th 2013 but mentions none of the new features. :-/

  • MasterMuffin

    Many people are saying that tomorrow is the big day, including one of the head guys in AP (Artem) siting some trusted sources


  • zooner!

    no update in italy on my nexus 4 too

    • Mattia

      Io giusto Snapseed e Earth

  • TheDuck

    Master Muffin sounds right – think about it, KitKat; Halloween; Candy? It would make sense!

  • Laurence Eckert

    Can’t wait for the hangouts update!

    • Nathan Borup

      ^ + a million!

  • Sumit Kumar Biswas

    Okkay I got the Snapseed update only. India.

  • Jacques Shakavibes Black

    Yeah got all of those updated and they are running smoothly

    • Daniel Shelby

      I’m calling shenanigans.

  • ConCal

    just give me the updated hangouts, you can keep the rest!

  • pjlk

    Im more excited about Hangouts SMS than Nexus 5. haha!

  • John Locke

    No updates for Google apps here in the UK…

  • Sérgio R

    No love to Google Currents :(

  • AmicusBrief

    I’m putting a KitKat under my pillow tonight…hoping the Google Fairy brings me a new Nexus 10.

    • BB BB

      Unfortunately it will just melt and leave a big brown stain.

      • AmicusBrief

        I had Taco Bell for dinner so I may end up with more than one…