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 Now Pushing Play Services 6.1
Google said it is delivering Play Services 6.1 to most Android devices running 2.3 Gingerbread and up. This update targets three aspects of Play Services: analytics, Google Drive, and Google Fit.
Google Begins Rollout of Play Services 6.5
Google today said it has begun to push Google Play Services 6.5 to all devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and higher. Play Services 6.5 adds several new tools for developers, and targets Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Wallet, and Google Fit.
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.