[Solved] Android Studio with Google Play Services

I’m trying to test Google Play Services with the new Android Studio.
I have a project with a dependency to the google_play_services.jar.
But when I try to Rebuild the project I get the following errors:

Information:[TstGP3-TstGP3] Crunching PNG Files in source dir: C:UsersansAndroidStudioProjectsTstGP3TstGP3srcmain
Information:[TstGP3-TstGP3] To destination dir: C:UsersansAndroidStudioProjectsTstGP3uildclasses
Information:Compilation completed with 2 errors and 0 warnings in 2 sec
Information:2 errors
Information:0 warnings
C:Usersans.AndroidStudioPreviewsystemcompiler	stgp3.3f17bd41.generatedAndroid_BuildConfig_GeneratorTstGP3-TstGP3.74fc5b25productioncomexample	stgp3BuildConfig.java
    Error:Error:line (4)error: duplicate class: com.example.tstgp3.BuildConfig
C:Usersans.AndroidStudioPreviewsystemcompiler	stgp3.3f17bd41.generatedaaptTstGP3-TstGP3.74fc5b25productioncomexample	stgp3R.java
    Error:Error:line (10)error: duplicate class: com.example.tstgp3.R

It seems that it has two BuildConfig files and also two R classes. How can I resolve the issue?


I have noticed that the compiler compiles two R.java files: the one that is in my project folder and another one that is located in the folder %USERPROFILE%.AndroidStudioPreview
So, I tried to exclude this “Preview” folder in the compiler settings and now it’s working.
This issue only occurs after I have started to use Google Play Services classes in my project.
I will appreciate if someone can explain the reason behind this problem.

Solution #1:

All those answers are wrong, since the release of gradle plugin v0.4.2 the setup of google play services under android studio is straight forward. You don’t need to import any jar or add any project library nor add any new module under android studio. What you have to do is to add the correct dependencies into the build.gradle file. Please take a look to those links: Gradle plugin v0.4.2 update, New Build System, and this sample

The Correct way to do so is as follows:

First of all you have to launch the sdk manager and download and install the following files located under “extras”: Android support repository, Google play services, Google repository.

Restart android studio and open the build gradle file. You must modify your build.gradle file to look like this under dependencies:

dependencies {
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:6.5.87' 

And finally syncronise your project (the button to the left of the AVD manager).

Since version 6.5 you can include the complete library (very large) or just the modules that you need (Best Option). I.e if you only need Google Maps and Analytics you can replace the previous example with the following one:

dependencies {  
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-base:6.5.87'    
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-maps:6.5.87'  

You can find the complete dependency list here

Some side notes:

  • Use the latest play services library version. If it’s an old version, android studio will highlight it. As of today (February 5th is 6.5.87) but you can check the latest version at Gradle Please
  • After a major update of Android Studio, clean an rebuild your project by following the next instructions as suggested in the comments by @user123321

    cd to your project folder
    ./gradlew clean
    ./gradlew build

Respondent: androidtester

Solution #2:

  1. Go to File -> Project Structure
  2. Select ‘Project Settings’
  3. Select ‘Dependencies’ Tab
  4. Click ‘+’ and select ‘1.Library Dependencies’
  5. Search for : com.google.android.gms:play-services
  6. Select the latest version and click ‘OK’

Voila! No need to fight with Gradle ūüôā

Respondent: Imanol

Solution #3:

EDITED: This guy really brought it home and has a good little tutorial

one side note: I had played around so much that I needed to do a gradlew clean to get it to run succesfully

If you have imported your project or are working from the Sample Maps application located in extrasgooglegoogle_play_servicessamplesmaps check out this tutorial.


If you are creating a new project from scratch then note Xav’s comments on that same post. He describes that Android Studio uses a different compiler and that you have to modify the build.gradle file manually. I did this with success. I copied

  • google-play-services.jar
  • google-play-services.jar.properties

into my lib directory and added the following to my build.gradle file

dependencies {
    compile files('libs/android-support-v4.jar')
    compile files('libs/google-play-services.jar')

Also, if this is a new project check out this post, too.


Respondent: Ivo Stoyanov

Solution #4:

Most of these answers only address compile-time dependencies, but you’ll find a host of NoClassDef exceptions at runtime. That’s because you need more than the google-play-services.jar. It references resources that are part of the library project, and those are not included correctly if you only have the jar.

What worked best for me was to first get the project setup correctly in eclipse. Have your project structured so that it includes both your app and the library, as described here: http://tools.android.com/tech-docs/new-build-system/user-guide#TOC-Multi-project-setup

Then export your app project from eclipse, and import into Android Studio as described here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/migrate.html. Make sure to export both your app project and the google play services library project. When importing it will detect the library project and import it as a module. I just accepted all defaults during the project import process.

Respondent: packerprogrammer

Solution #5:

Google Play services Integration in Android studio.

Step 1:

SDK manager->Tools Update this

1.Google play services
2.Android Support Repository

Step 2:

chance in build.gradle 
defaultConfig {
        minSdkVersion 8
        targetSdkVersion 19
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
    dependencies {
    compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:+'
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:4.0.+'

Step 3:

        android:minSdkVersion="8" />

Step 4:

Sync project file with grandle.
wait for few minute.

Step 5:

File->Project Structure find error with red bulb images,click on go to add dependencies select your app module.

Please put comment if you have require help.
Happy coding.

Respondent: Brad Armstrong

Solution #6:

None of the above solution worked for me. Not sure if it is specific to my setup or new release.

I am using Android Studio Beta 0.8.9 and I was not getting any com.google.android.gms:play-service in the library list on following this instruction:

Go to File -> Project Structure -> Select Project Settings -> Select ‘Dependencies’ Tab Click ‘+’ -> 1.Library Dependencies -> Select com.google.android.gms:play-services:+

I had already done this:

First of all you have to launch the sdk manager and download and install the following files located under “extras”: Android support repository, Google play services, Google repository.

What resolved it was to add from SDK Manager, “Google play services for Froyo” then repeating the first step.

Did not understand the reason properly but this worked.

PS: I just observed that even now when I search for play-services this does not come, but when I directly scroll and look through the list it is right there.

Respondent: Harshid

Solution #7:

Follow this article -> http://developer.android.com/google/play-services/setup.html

You should to choose Using Android Studio

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Example Gradle file:

Note: Open the build.gradle file inside your application module

apply plugin: 'com.android.application'

android {
    compileSdkVersion 20
    buildToolsVersion "20.0.0"

    defaultConfig {
        applicationId "{applicationId}"
        minSdkVersion 14
        targetSdkVersion 20
        versionCode 1
        versionName "1.0"
    buildTypes {
        release {
            runProguard false
            proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'

dependencies {
    compile fileTree(dir: 'libs', include: ['*.jar'])
    compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:20.+'
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:6.1.+'

You can find latest version of Google Play Services here: https://developer.android.com/google/play-services/index.html

Respondent: Selfx Aadhyant

Solution #8:

I’ve got this working after doing the following:

  • Have the google-play-services-lib as a module (note difference between module and project), then add the google-play-services.jar to your models “libs” directory.
  • After that add the jar to your build path through making a library or add the jar to another library. I generally have a single IDEA library which I add all my /libs/*.jar files to.
  • Add the library to your modules build path through Module Settings (F4).
  • Add the google-play-services-lib as a module dependency to your project.
  • Done!

Note: This doesn’t give me the runtime exceptions either, it works.

Respondent: d.danailov

Solution #9:

Open your project build.gradle file and add below line under dependencies module.

dependencies {
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:7.0.0'

The below will be add Google Analytics and Maps if you don’t want to integrate full library

dependencies {
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-analytics:7.0.0'
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-maps:7.0.0'
Respondent: Johan S

Solution #10:

In my case google-play-services_lib are integrate as module (External Libs) for Google map & GCM in my project.

Now, these time require to implement Google Places Autocomplete API but problem is that’s code are new and my libs are old so some class not found:

following these steps…

1> Update Google play service into SDK Manager

2> select new .jar file of google play service (Sdk/extras/google/google_play_services/libproject/google-play-services_lib/libs) replace with old one

i got success…!!!

Respondent: Pankaj

Solution #11:

I copied the play libs files from the google-play-services_lib to my project libs directory:

  • google-play-services.jar
  • google-play-services.jar.properties.

Then selected them, right-click, “Add as libraries”.

Respondent: Dhruv Raval

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