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 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.
Google Play Services 7.3 Expands Android Wear Powers
Google today announced Play Services 7.3, an update to the core functions of the Android platform. Play Services 7.3 will bring new features to Android devices thanks to an expanded range of tools being made available to developers.
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 to Let Android Users Trial Games from Search
Google gave developers a handful of new tools to improve the gaming experience for Android device owners. Perhaps the most significant of the new tools is one that will allow people to trial games for up to 10 minutes directly from Google search results.