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Google Launches Play Services Version 1.0 and OAuth 2.0

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Sep 26, 2012, 12:57 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Sep 26, 2012, 1:12 PM

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.

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