In your Android projects, you likely have many dependencies in your Gradle files. Updates often provide bugfixes or new features that you want to include in your app. However, checking for updates is not integrated by default. There is a solution though. Ben Manes wrote a Gradle Versions Plugin that does the work for you. To get started, add the buildscript dependency to your project’s gradle.build file and apply the plugin:
apply plugin: 'com.github.ben-manes.versions'
Simple as that. Now you have a new gradle task dependencyUpdates to check for updated dependencies in your project.