Google Adds Maps and Photo Sphere APIs to Play Services
Google today announced the availability of Google Play Services version 2.0. Play Services are a series of tools that allow Android developers to embed elements of Play Store apps/functions in their own applications. The new version of the Google Play Services toolkit adds two new functions for developers, including Google Maps and Photo Sphere APIs. This means developers will be able to add Google Maps and Photo Sphere elements to their own applications. Further, Google said that it is making Photo Sphere an open format that can be used by anyone. Developers can access the new tools from Google's Android developer portal.
Google Offers Photo Sphere App to iPhone
Google today published a version of its Photo Sphere app for iOS. The app allows iPhone owners to stand in one spot and capture a 360-degree view of whatever is around them.
Google Says Play Services 5.0 Rollout Complete
Google today said the majority of Android smartphones and tablets have been upgraded to Play Services 5.0. The newest version of Play Services, which Google first revealed during its I/O developer event in June, is a major leap forward for developers.
Play Services 7.5 Adds Smart Lock and Other APIs
Google today announced Play Services 7.5, an update to the underlying set of code most Android devices rely on for accessing the Play Store and various features within applications. Play Services 7.5 is a big step forward and adds a broad range of new functionalities and associated APIs for developers.
Google Play Services 7.0 Improves Location Tools
Google today announced the rollout of Play Services 7.0. Play Services is the backbone developers use to create and power applications for Android.