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.
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 Takes A New View of Its Street View App
Google has refreshed its Street View app for both Android and iOS devices and took the opportunity to add several features. To start, Street View replaces the older Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhones and the legacy Street View from Google Maps app on Android phones.
Google Wraps Up Play Services 8.1 Distribution
Google today said most Android devices should be updated to Play Services version 8.1. The latest build of Play Services helps developers build new capabilities into their apps.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread Officially No Longer Supported
Google has put Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to pasture. The update this month follows an announcement Google first made in November regarding Play Services 10.2, which severs backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 and older.