Google Updates Google Play Services for Application Developers
The latest Version 4.1 of Google Play Services includes a wide range of new features that Android developers can include in their apps.Google has released a new version of Google Play Services, giving Android developers a chance to build more new features into their applications, including turn-based multiplayer support and improved battery life capabilities. The new Version 4.1 of Google Play Services, which is already rolling out to users, was announced in a Jan. 9 post on the Android Developers Blog. Once the rollout has completed, developers will be able to download the Software Developer's Kit through the Android SDK manager and get started with the new APIs that are included in the latest release, according to the post. One of the key features of the new version is that it supports turn-based multiplayer games, according to Google. Another benefit of Version 4.1 is that it also includes a preliminary API for integrating Google Drive into apps, which improves battery life for all users with Google Location Reporting enabled. By incorporating the new turn-based multiplayer capabilities, developers can build asynchronous games to play with friends and auto-matched players, supporting two to eight players per game, the post states. "When players take turns, their turn data is uploaded to Play Services and shared with other players automatically."
Also included is an optional new "Connecting to Play Games" transition animation during player sign-in that appears before the permission dialog appears, according to the post. "This helps contextualize the permission dialog, especially in games that ask for sign in on game start."