Google Launches Play Services Version 1.0 and OAuth 2.0
Google today announced the formal launch of Google Play services. Google Play services is a new platform from Google that uses the Google Play Store to push integration with Google products, such as Google+, in Android apps. It will also make it easier for Android app users to sign into Google services from within those apps using OAuth. According to Google, Play services will work on all devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and up that are also running the latest version of the Google Play Store. Google is disseminating a new version of the Play Store to all Android devices, and says it will take about a week to complete the rollout. In the meantime, Android developers can download the Google Play services version 1.0 APIs and associated OAuth 2.0 tools from the Android developer portal. Google believes that offering third-party app access to its own Play Store services will enrich the Android app ecosystem. It will allow for a greater degree of interactivity between Android device users, the apps they use, and Google's other products.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.
Google Play Protect Now Securing Android Devices
Play Protect, a security tool Google announced earlier this year, has made its way to many of today's Android smartphones. Play Protect is a set of features that Google created to keep Android phones safe from malware and other malicious applications.
Google Releases New Play Services SDK for Devs
Google has spent the last few weeks pushing Google Play Services 8.4 to Android devices and today released the SDK developers need to access the new features within. Most of the benefits of Play Services 8.4 are developer facing, rather than end-user facing.
Google Play Services to Drop Support for Gingerbread
Google today said the next iteration of Google Play Services will sever backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Today, Google Play Services — the core code behind app compatibility across Android platforms — is 10.0.0 and supports API level 9.