Google Updates Play Services, Drops Support for Froyo
With the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has updated Google Play Services. First, Google says that Play Services 4.0 will not support Android 2.2 Froyo. According to Google, 97% of all Android devices run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up, and dropping support for Froyo is necessary in order to move Play Services forward. Play Services 4.0 adds a new ad SDK for developers. The Maps and Geofencing APIs have been updated to make them more power efficient and more responsive. Developers now have more control over Maps functions that are added to their own apps, and can improve the performance of their geofencing apps and services. Google Play Services 4.0 streamlines the dialog box in apps that use Google+ Sign-In, and adds more tools to Google Wallet. Last, Google has added new advertising tools that allow users to opt out of advertising, as well as to anonymize their identity as it pertains to advertising services.
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.
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.
Google Play Services 8.3 Improves Sign-In Experience
Google today announced the availability of Play Services 8.3, an update to the core APIs that allows developers to do new things with the operating system. Play Services 8.3 updates the Google Sign-In API to provide a more consistent look across Google products.
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.
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.