java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError for any google-play-services functionality

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I'm using the last version of Eclipse, ADT and the newest Android SDK. If I'm trying to use something in a simple HelloWorld Android project Google Play feature, for instance,

int res = GooglePlayServicesUtil.isGooglePlayServicesAvailable(this);

the app crashes with

04-27 21:52:23.905: D/ActivityThread(4379): handleBindApplication:my.app.test
04-27 21:52:23.905: D/ActivityThread(4379): setTargetHeapUtilization:0.75
04-27 21:52:23.905: D/ActivityThread(4379): setTargetHeapMinFree:2097152
04-27 21:52:23.945: I/dalvikvm(4379): Could not find method com.google.android.gms.common.GooglePlayServicesUtil.isGooglePlayServicesAvailable, referenced from method my.app.test.MainActivity.onCreate
04-27 21:52:23.945: W/dalvikvm(4379): VFY: unable to resolve static method 29: Lcom/google/android/gms/common/GooglePlayServicesUtil;.isGooglePlayServicesAvailable (Landroid/content/Context;)I
04-27 21:52:23.945: D/dalvikvm(4379): VFY: replacing opcode 0x71 at 0x0009
04-27 21:52:23.975: D/AndroidRuntime(4379): Shutting down VM
04-27 21:52:23.975: W/dalvikvm(4379): threadid=1: thread exiting with uncaught exception (group=0x4162cd58)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379): FATAL EXCEPTION: main
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379): Process: my.app.test, PID: 4379
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379): java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: com.google.android.gms.common.GooglePlayServicesUtil
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at my.app.test.MainActivity.onCreate(MainActivity.java:17)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.app.Activity.performCreate(Activity.java:5231)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.app.Instrumentation.callActivityOnCreate(Instrumentation.java:1087)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.app.ActivityThread.performLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2151)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.app.ActivityThread.handleLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2236)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.app.ActivityThread.access$800(ActivityThread.java:138)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1199)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:102)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:136)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:5095)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:515)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:786)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:602)
04-27 21:52:23.975: E/AndroidRuntime(4379):     at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)
04-27 21:52:23.985: I/Process(4379): Sending signal. PID: 4379 SIG: 9

I'm really do not understand why it doesn't work. I've added via File>Import> [Copy from lib source] . I've tried to use both Android 5.1.1 and GoogleAPIs. That I linked google-play-service_lib as lib project to my helloworld project. After that I added in Properties> Java Build Path > Libraries >add jars (the lib file). Order and Export checked boxes are checked too. In Android Manifest I added

 <meta-data android:name="com.google.android.gms.version"
        android:value="@integer/google_play_services_version" />

In brief, I did directly what writen in official manual and more

I clearnd, restarted etc...... BUT IT DOESN'T WORK. OMG WHY? What is the reason? I tested on different devices and different machines. The same stupid error!!


You probably need to add a reference to the project in Project Settings->Android->Library.

Look at the "Referencing a library section" here. Add your project reference there as well and you should be alright.