Google Updated Play Services for Android Smartphones
Published on: 11th Jan 2014
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Google has started rolling out an updated version of the Google Play Services app to Android smartphones with a number of software updates.
App developers won't be able to start adding support to their apps for the new functions until Google says that the rollout to the handsets has been completed, so no chance of apps being downloaded to incompatible app stores.
As part of the upgrade, they have added support for turn-based multiplayer games Developers can build asynchronous games to play with friends and auto-matched players, supporting 2-8 players per game. When players take turns, their turn data is uploaded to Play Services and shared with other players automatically.
There is also an optional new "Connecting to Play Games" transition animation during sign-in, before the permission dialog appears. This helps contextualize the permission dialog, especially in games that ask for sign in on game start.
This version of Google Play Services includes a developer preview of the new Google Drive API for Android. Developers -- and eventually users -- can use it to read and write files in Google Drive so they're available across devices and on the web. Users can work with files offline too -- changes are synced with Google Drive automatically when they reconnect.
The new version also expands the support for mobile adverts in apps, as well as tighter integration with Google+.
The update should start downloading automatically, or can be downloaded immediately from the Google Play app store.
On the web: Google Play