Google Play Services 4.1 Being Pushed by Google
Google said that Google Play Services 4.1 is now being delivered to Android devices around the world. With it, Google has prepared a new SDK for developers. Play Services 4.1 adds a number of features to Android devices, such as turn-based multiplayer support for games. Developers can create games that support between two and eight players and update turn metadata instantly. Play Services 4.1 adds a new API for integrating Google Drive into apps. Google says the update will also improve battery life when users have Google Location turned on. The Google Mobile Ads SDK now supports DoubleClick for Publishers, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and Search Ads for Mobile Apps. Last, Play Services 4.1 makes it easier to share content from and within Google+, such as better auto-complete and suggested recipients from Gmail. Play Services provides the core functionality behind the Google Play Store, associated Play apps, and their content.
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 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 Releases New Play Services SDK for Devs
Google has spent the last few weeks pushing Google Play Services 8.4 to Android devices and today released the SDK developers need to access the new features within. Most of the benefits of Play Services 8.4 are developer facing, rather than end-user facing.