It’s barely been one month since Google delivered the last update to its Google Play services, bringing us features like turn-based multiplayer for Play Games and a new Drive API. That was all part of Google Play services 4.1, and today Google takes its next steps, ushering-in the era of Google Play services 4.2. So, what’s new about this one?
Well, compared to 4.1, not nearly so much. The big note is the introduction of the Google Cast SDK, enabling apps to transmit screen data using Chromecast’s technology. While this was previously available as a developer preview, with the arrival of Play services 4.2, new independent apps taking advantage of the Cast SDK can start joining the ranks of the Play Store.
Similarly, we see that new Drive API we previously talked about graduate from its developer preview status. That could mean the arrival of a whole bunch of new or updated apps using Drive to store users data and configuration info to the cloud, easing access across multiple Android devices. This release tweaks things a little and tightens-up performance.
Google Play services 4.2 should start hitting Android hardware everywhere as of today.