You can always use the “+” notation like below to get the latest version of our Android SDK each time Gradle syncs. It’ll get the 4.19.0 version at the time of writing.
transitive = true
The reason we do not do that by default is to give the control over to publishers on which version of our SDK they’d like to use. It’s also a best practice, since arbitrarily using the latest version of libraries might affect the performance of your app without you testing them first.