Google Play Services 4.1 introduces turn-based multiplayer

Google Play Services 4.1 introduces turn-based multiplayerThe Google Play Services 4.1 update is now being rolled out, bringing with it a host of, er, semi-interesting features.

Perhaps most notable is the addition of turn-based multiplayer support for Google Play Games, a service introduced in May 2013 as Android’s answer to Apple’s Game Center for iOS.

Google Play Games’ turn-based multiplayer supports 2-8 players, and means games won’t have to rely on Facebook or alternative servers or whatever. There’s also an optional “Connecting to Play Games” dialogue for developers.

Other Google Play Services 4.1 features include a developer preview of the new Google Drive API for Android, with offline support for files stored up in the metaphorical clouds.

There’s also a bunch of stuff pertaining to Google Mobile Ads, with support for DoubleClick for Publishers, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and Search Ads for Mobile Apps. Whatever that means.

Finally, assuming the above improvements haven’t knocked you off your chair and into next week, how about enhanced auto-complete and suggested recipients when sharing stuff in Google+?

And that’s Google Play Services 4.1. For more info, head over to the Android Developers Blog. For even more info, head over to this general Google Services page thingy.

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