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What’s New in Google Play Services 5.0?

Not only did announce the new version of Android that is currently dubbed “Android L” (list of features) but they also gave us a massive Google Play Services update to 5.0.

The Play Services update allows apps to “more easily communicate” with wearables, which makes sense since Android Wear was a big part of today’s festivities. It lets developers build in game saving, Quests, and new game profiles to Play Games. There are new Wallet, Drive, Google Cast, Analytics, and Mobile Ads features as well.

The full list can be seen below. 

  • Services for Android wearables — Your apps can more easily communicate and sync with code running on Android wearables through an automatically synchronized, persistent data store and a reliable messaging interface.
  • Play Games services — Build a great gaming experience with Quests, which allow event-based challenges for players to complete for rewards, Saved Games (a snapshot API allow synchronization of game data along with a cover-image and description), and Game Profile (providing experience points for players).
  • App Indexing API — Surface deep content in your native mobile applications on Google search and drive additional user engagement.
  • Google Cast — Use media tracks to enable closed-caption support for Chromecast.
  • Drive — Sort query results, create offline folders, and select any mime type in the file picker by default.
  • Wallet — Build a “Save to Wallet” button for offers directly into your app; use geo-fenced in-store notifications to prompt the user to show and scan digital cards. Split tender allows payment to be split between Wallet Balance and a credit/debit card in Google Wallet.
  • Analytics — Get insights into the full user journey and understand how different user acquisition campaigns are performing with Enhanced Ecommerce, letting you measure product impressions, product clicks, and more.
  • Mobile Ads — Use improved in-app purchase ads and integrations for the Play store in-app purchase API client.
  • Dynamic Security Provider — Offers an alternative to the platform’s secure networking APIs that can be updated more frequently, for faster delivery of security patches.
Via:  Android Developers
  • David Foggia

    Just flashed the Anjroid L Dev preview. Is there an all for the new Google play services?

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  • yungqb7

    I think what would make also make a better game experience would be having the app data backed up to the user’s gmail account. So when a person gets a new phone and re-installs the app, that person should be able obtain the progress/ data they had on their previous phone without the need of root.

  • jbegs

    And here’s @kellex:disqus taking the photo in the above post:

    • Justin Kos

      That’s great!!! Haha

  • Andrew Briare

    Why doesn’t Google implement the ability to “gift” an app to one of your friends?

    • David Nguyen

      a paid app? can’t you just press the share button and send it to them as a text message?

      • ddpacino

        No, what he means is gift it.. buy it for them.

  • duke69111

    Let the Google Play Services is killing my battery comments start. I’ll probably be included in this. 🙂

  • jnt

    Is there an apk out there anywhere for this?

  • Raikou

    I just wish they would remove the “Google Settings” icon and completely incorporate it into the Accounts area in Settings. I don’t see the need for it to have it’s own icon occupying space in my drawer.

  • JSo

    I wonder if the save game feature will just start working for all games or if the developer of the game has to make it compatible. I would love to just start using this for all my games. Although I thought this was a feature added last year.

  • rasty++

    google search apk 3.5..

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    • JSo

      Where did you get this from?

      • rasty++

        my update.. from play store.. work..

        • JSo

          Cool. Didn’t know they were releasing updates yet.

          • rasty++

            going out play service today.. check play store…

          • JSo

            Well it installed fine but it broke Xposed GEL settings so I’m going back to the previous version.

          • rasty++

            yep, it can happen.. i m stock on n5

        • Phil Oakley

          What’s changed?

          • rasty++

            some sound changes, and maybe other country hotword support..

  • chaoslimits

    And even more battery drain…

    • sdcoiner76

      I have seen people talk about battery drain before on Google services but I have never expirenced any sort of massive battery drain with Google Play Services.

      • T4rd

        It’s usually one of the top power users on my wife’s GS4, but it was never near the top on my Note 2 or on my newer One M8. I wish Google/Android broke down Play Services and Android OS to specific settings/services so I could troubleshoot easier and disable whatever setting is causing these services to eat up so much battery.

      • compujas

        On my GS3 lately it’s been a complete battery hog. Just yesterday in 4 hours without any use I went from 100% to 16%, with Google Play Services using 60%+. When I disable all location services, the battery drain stops. I have no idea what is going on with it all of a sudden.

        • sdcoiner76

          That is absolutely crazy. I wonder if an app is calling to it constantly for some reason.

  • landon

    Anyone ever read reviews for google play services? Too many people bitching about their phone not having enough storage for this “useless” app.

    • cizzlen

      That made me lol

    • Robert Johnson

      On my N4, the app data for Play Services reached 150 MB, before I cleared it and it began its crawl upwards again. I can imagine the grief on earlier phones.

      • landon

        true true

      • PlayService

        Mine is never even on when I go in and turn off apps on my GS3 to save some ram, it is always turned off, even when I reset my phone

        • Robert Johnson

          It always occupies RAM here. If it were stopped, it would come right back, starting at say, 17 MB RAM and going up with use to 40 or 50 or so.

  • Scott Kart

    Have any google apks been updated today

    • I got Google Search update with a huge list of new permissions.

    • Jeffrey Tarman

      Slides is available in the Play Store today

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I just got a Drive update.

      • Jaggari

        Can you share the APK please

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I don’t really do any of the file sharing services, so I’ll see what I can do. Also just got a Google Docs update.

          • Jaggari

            Share it from Drive 🙂 It’s a kind of file sharing service 😉

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’m trying to get something working. Sort of hard when I’m still at work lol

          • Jaggari

            Thank you, don’t worry now. AP posted it.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Ah OK. Glad they were able to. My work uses an in house file sharing program and blocks all other services on our network to force people to use the in house one. Considering I’m in the basement of my work, I’m just getting a single bar of Verizon 3G and it is hard to do much with that.

  • Google Play Services. The single most important app that the average user has no idea is installed or what it does.

    • Guest

      Half of the reviews on the play store give it 1 star ratings because it can’t be uninstalled..

      • smh lol yea. The reviews are funny

      • I was gonna give it two stars but it’s always running, so back to one it is.

      • BlackTaxi2d

        google should just make it so you cant review that app, i mean they made the play store they can surely do whatever they want to one listing

    • 93%!!!

      …and it kills dead any ‘fragmentation’ whining.

      • Tell that to ol’ Timmy

      • Sandra Chris

        so I’ll see what I can do. Also just got a Google Docs update.

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