Google has just released a new variant of Google Play Services app in the play store for Android wear platform. The latest update bumps the Android wear variant of the app to version 10.2.97. You can either wait for the official OTA update on your smart wear device or download the APK manually following the means mentioned in the post later.
Google Play Services 10.2.97
First up, the update is for Android wear powered smartwatches and other devices. Don’t confuse this version of the Play Services with the one installed on smartphones. The latest update is all about bug fixes and performance improvements. No changelog was released with this release. After installing the latest update on our Sony smartwatch, we noticed a slight improvement in downloading and updating apps from the play store.
In case, you don’t know, Google Play Services are very important to the underlying Android operating system. Google Play Services performs all vital functions related to authentication, location and syncing for the apps. It is highly advisable to keep this app installed on your device to make sure Google services run fluently.
The app also helps the app experience on devices by speeding up offline searches, providing more immersive maps, and improving gaming experiences.
Google Play Services 10.2.97 is 31.46 MB in size and comes with build number 10297036. It is applicable to all Android wear devices running Android OS 4.0 and above.
How to download / update Google Play Services
You can either wait for the official OTA update which is rolling to devices across the continents in phases or take matters in your own hand. To install the app manually, head over to the APKMirror and download the update. Thereafter, tap on the downloaded file to start the installation. Once the installation completes, you will have the latest version of Google Play Services APK on your phone.