New Play Service 4.4 version causing huge battery drain issues

Some of you might be aware that Google released an update for its Play Service to version 4.4 which came out last week. The new update provides several improvements to Maps allowing developers to implement street view in their own apps, activity recognition is more accurate and several other minor changes.

But some users have been reporting huge battery drain issues after updating to the latest version, it seems like the Play Service update would force the smartphone to wakelock and use geolocation every 30 seconds or so causing huge battery issues. Here are some before (left) and after (right) screenshots: Battery drain issues Play Store

The Solution? Update your Google Play service to the latest version 4.4.52. The update seems to contain only minor bug fixes but does address the issue caused by the 4.4 update which rolled out last week. You can download the APK of Google Play Service 4.4.52 (1174655-070) here

Google Play service 4.4.52

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As it states, I am Tariq Wahid. I'm currently aspiring to become an Aerospace Engineer and working on a Dual Award Engineering course. I am the proud owner of a Motorola G with Android 4.4.3, and I am looking to buy a MOTO 360 and X+1. As you can tell I am with Android in the Mobile OS "War". I work for an awesome indie game developing team; Enraged Entertainment. We are currently working on a Science Fiction FPS called Liberico. I'm quite the fan of astronomy and my best subjects are Chemistry and Physics


  1. 4.4.52 has not resolved this issue, especially on Sony Xperia phones that recently updated to Kitkat. Heavy battery drain is still happening. Google Play Services 4.4.52 (1174655-038).

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