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Google Play Services 5.0 is live, check out the new additions

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Google Play Services 5.0 is live, check out the new additions

Google Play Services 5.0 is now live! It introduces Android wearable services APIs, Dynamic Security Provider and App Indexing, whilst also including updates to the Google Play game services, Cast, Drive, Wallet, Analytics, and Mobile Ads. Here's more about each feature:

Android wearable services


Google Play services 5.0 introduces a set of APIs that make it easier to communicate with your apps running on Android wearables. The APIs provide an automatically synchronized, persistent data store and a low-latency messaging interface that let you sync data, exchange control messages, and transfer assets.

Dynamic security provider


Provides an API that apps can use to easily install a dynamic security provider. The dynamic security provider includes a replacement for the platform's secure networking APIs, which can be updated frequently for rapid delivery of security patches. The current version includes fixes for recent issues identified in OpenSSL.

Google Play game services


Quests are a new set of APIs to run time-based goals for players, and reward them without needing to update the game. To do this, you can send game activity data to the Quests service whenever a player successfully wins a level, kills an alien, or saves a rare black sheep, for example. This tells Quests what’s going on in the game, and you can use that game activity to create new Quests. By running Quests on a regular basis, you can create an unlimited number of new player experiences to drive re-engagement and retention.

Saved games lets you store a player's game progress to the cloud for use across many screen, using a new saved game snapshot API. Along with game progress, you can store a cover image, description and time-played. Players never play level 1 again when they have their progress stored with Google, and they can see where they left off when you attach a cover image and description. Adding cover images and descriptions provides additional context on the player’s progress and helps drive re-engagement through the Play Games app.

App Indexing API


The App Indexing API provides a way for you to notify Google about deep links in your native mobile applications and drive additional user engagement. Integrating with the App Indexing API allows the Google Search app to serve up your app’s history to users as instant Search suggestions, providing fast and easy access to inner pages in your app. The deep links reported using the App Indexing API are also used by Google to index your app’s content and surface them as deep links to Google search result.

Google Cast


The Google Cast SDK now includes media tracks that introduce closed caption support for Chromecast.

Drive


The Google Drive API adds the ability to sort query results, create folders offline, and select any mime type in the file picker by default.

Wallet


Wallet objects from Google take physical objects (like loyalty cards, offers) from your wallet and store them in the cloud. In this release, Wallet adds "Save to Wallet" button support for offers. When a user clicks "Save to Wallet" the offer gets saved and shows up in the user's Google Wallet app. Geo-fenced in-store notifications prompt the user to show and scan digital cards at point-of-sale, driving higher redemption. This also frees the user from having to carry around offers and loyalty cards.

Users can also now use their Google Wallet Balance to pay for Instant Buy transactions by providing split tender support. With split tender, if your Wallet Balance is not sufficient, the payment is split between your Wallet Balance and a credit/debit card in your Google Wallet.

Analytics


Enhanced Ecommerce provides visibility into the full customer journey, adding the ability to measure product impressions, product clicks, viewing product details, adding a product to a shopping cart, initiating the checkout process, internal promotions, transactions, and refunds. Together they help users gain deeper insights into the performance of their business, including how far users progress through the shopping funnel and where they are abandoning in the purchase process. Enhanced Ecommerce also allows users to analyze the effectiveness of their marketing and merchandising efforts, including the impact of internal promotions, coupons, and affiliate marketing programs.

Mobile Ads


Google Mobile Ads are a great way to monetise your apps and you now have access to better in-app purchase ads. We've now added a default implementation for consumable purchases using the Google Play In-app Billing service.

source: Google

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posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:08 8

1. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 831; Member since: 29 May 2014)


GREAT!!! This is something that Non-Google android (such as NokiaX, ?XiaoMi?, Amazon/bb) will miss big time. This is why you should buy REAL android if you want android apps.

*I'm not sure if we can install google play on XiaoMi device

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:41 1

2. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 381; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Those phones are for X0FFFF or whatever his username is.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 13:35

9. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Its OXFFF

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 06:38 2

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Google Play Services and other Google apps are installed by default on Xiaomi devices. At least here in Singapore.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:21

7. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 831; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Hi, Thx for the info.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 06:02 4

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Using it already for almost a week. XDA FTW!

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 13:34

8. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Yeap FTW

Reseuruction ROM Ftw

Siyah Kernels Ftw

McTweaker app for the win

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 06:17 1

4. nbringer (Posts: 117; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


MOVIES to ROMANIA!!!! WE WANT MOVIES !!!! GOOOOOGLE!!!

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 07:51

6. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Game saves across devices ftw.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 18:50

10. 714reyesj (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Verizon S5 here stock still running version 4.8.20. When I click on the build version it still says Google Play Store is up to date. WTH

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 15:20

11. Landmarkcm (Posts: 410; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Hey there. I think the play store and the the "services" that runs it are two different things as I was wondering why My Moto G LTE hadn't changed too. I actually reset my phone and it updated it said google play services to version 5.0. But then when I still go back in the setting and look at the build number of the store, It still says Build version 4.8.20. The services app when it updates also just dissapears! So im not sure there is way to really check. Yours is probably already updated.. If you really know how to look at all the in depth codes (complicated stuff) like develpers use I think you can see. Here is the only place I actually found the app as well -https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com​.google.android.gms&hl=en It's weird it doesn't show if you search for it as an app on your phone. I found it using laptop.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 15:25

12. Landmarkcm (Posts: 410; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gms&hl=en

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