Google Play Services 4.2 Being Pushed by Google
Google today said that Google Play Services 4.2 is now being pushed out to most Android devices worldwide. The latest version of Play Services includes the Google Cast SDK, which Google just released to app developers. Devices that have been updated to Play Service 4.2 will be compatible with apps that add support for Chromecast. Google pushed Play Services 4.1 out just last month.
Google Sends Security Patch to Pixel Phones
Google has sent a fresh security patch to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. Google says the update "fixes critical bugs and improves the performance and stability" of the Pixel smartphones.
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.
Google Play Store Begins Adding 4K Movies
Google today said the Google Play Movies & TV store is now offering a small selection of 4K (Ultra HD) movies. About 125 titles can be purchased or streamed in 4K.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.
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.