Remember Google Play Services, the thing what encompasses a whole bunch of dead exciting stuff pertaining to Google Play and Android? Well, it’s had a cheeky update.
The Google Play Services 5.0 update has rolled out globally, and since there’s no need to manually install anything, there’s a good chance it’s on your Android device right now. Er, assuming you’re rocking at least Gingerbread Android 2.3.
The features of the Google Play Services 5.0 update are many, and detailed in full over on the Android Developers Blog.
To be honest, this is the kind of thing that’s of more interest to Android developers rather than Joe Public, but I’ve started so I’ll finish.
Android Wear appears to be the headline feature here, with Google Play Services 5.0 introducing a set of APIs to facilitate communication between Android smartphones/tablets and Android wearables.
Meanwhile, a Google Wallet update allows users to “save” offers, negating the need to carry around loyalty cards and the like, while payments can be split with a debit/credit card if your Google Wallet balance isn’t sufficient.
Not to be outdone, Google Play Game Services gets something called “Saved games”, which lets you store your progress in the cloud. Good.
There’s also some sort of Dynamic Security Provider, an App Indexing API, Analytics with "Enhanced Ecommerce", and stuff pertaining to Google Cast, Drive and Mobile Ads. If that floats your boat, click here for more.