Google Play Services, a set of APIs for Android devices which updates every six weeks, has just updated to version 9.0 with a set of new functionality that will make it easier to develop games and do even more. They posted all of the new features on their blog post, but we’ll summarize the new features here.
Video recording is a pretty big part of new media apps, although getting started may be difficult due to a variety of potential formats and codecs. This new API will make it easier to record media and provide your own enhancements to the experience. This is great for games right now, and will be even better when they add support to stream live to YouTube.
Game developers want to know a lot about how their users are playing their games, and have been taking advantage of the Player Stats API to get quality analytics. This update will provide more predictions about how a particular player will interact with a game so developers can better cater to them. This has the potential to improve revenue and playing time.
Beacons are a way of interfacing users with the Physical Web: a blend of the Internet and the real world. It’s now easier to interact with beacons by reducing the number of necessary permissions. Additionally, Nearby Messaging, a way for two devices to send snippets of information to the other, no longer require a complicated setup dialog. The opt-in dialog is created when you start and handled by the library itself.
Developers can now start using Google Play Services 9.0 in their apps and take advantage of these new features to build apps that are even better and richer than before without having to write a lot of boilerplate, unoptimized code yourself.