Android HEADS-UP: Unable to install on device or publish to Google Play

I’d like to draw your attention regarding a recent problem with Android apps / Google Play Services.

In case you notice that your Android app cannot be installed (or published) due to INSTALL_FAILED_CONFLICTING_PROVIDER,
you can have a look at this thread/issue:

In our case, we noticed that at least one of our test users was not able to install (the app as an internally distributed build). It likely happened simply because I have updated the packages through the Android SDK Manager, including the “Google Play Services” which seems to be the culprit.

The suggested workaround does seem to circumvent the problem, though as a Cordova/Ionic developer you’ll have to do a little bit of scripting if you want to automate the patching.

Hopefully Google acknowledges this severe problem and releases a fix ASAP.
You should still retweet this - so that we draw some more attention to the case in any way possible.

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