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Google Play Services 7.3 Expands Android Wear Powers

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Apr 28, 2015, 2:39 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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. First, the update adds the recently-announced Android Wear features to third-party apps. A new Wear API for developers will eventually let people connect more than a single Android Wear device to their smartphone. The API makes it possible for developers to improve two-way data shared between Wear devices and smartphones, as well. Play Services makes changes to the Google Fit API, too. For example, apps will now be able to collect sensor data like current location and speed, store that activity data in Google Fit's open platform, and aggregate it into a single, digestible view for consumers. Fit also gains the ability to collect granular nutrition data, such as users' fat, protein, and cholesterol intake in order to help people adjust their diets to match their fitness goals. Google updated the Location API in a way that will improve battery life even when GPS functions are being used. Last, Google tweaked the way apps access Play Services APIs, which should make apps run better even when certain API calls aren't available. Google released the Play Services 7.3 SDK to developers today, but didn't say when it will begin pushing the update to end-user devices.

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