I was in a bar, waiting for a friend to arrive. I started Playing 2.9.23 CK. When I started I got the 'Connecting to Google Play' message, and I thought ... oh no! I don't have a wireless connection here! (And I thought I had already started more than 1 game since the update). But the game started up normally. I checked. really was no wireless, so really was no way to connect to google play ...
phone: Huawei Y3ii LUA-L21 OS 5.1 Android EMUI 3.1 Lite Kernel 3.10.65 Build # LUA-L21C576B105. Android Security Patch 2016-03-01
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grävling - thanks for the report. This sounds like a very normal hiccup in the caching of keys after updates. The "connecting" alert appears every time, but usually disappears so fast you won't ever see it.