Posts tagged with: Google Play Services
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    The One M9+ is one of HTC's latest and greatest smartphones — so much so, in fact, that it's led the company to receive quite a lot of flack for not shipping it as its main flagship for 2015. But if you went to the trouble of importing an M9+ of your own, particularly one from China, you might have trouble downloading the familiar Android apps you're used to, thanks to a lack of Google Play Services. Even if you manage to sideload the apk files from elsewhere, many of them still won't run without Google's framework, and it might drive you crazy to not be able to use some of Android's ...

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    If you're anything like us, you juggle a lot of mobile devices – probably quite a few more than your average user. And while walking around armed to the teeth with the latest mobile hardware can be a lot of fun, not everything behaves quite so nicely when you're pushing the boundaries of typical use cases. That's been an issue with smartwatches, especially if you own more than one model. Thankfully, it's also something that's been on Google's radar to address, and today we learn about the new Google Play Services 7.3, delivering among other improvements support for multiple Android Wear ...

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    One of the things that makes Android Android is Google Play services. Most users of the platform don't know that, but in reality the services form an integral backend with the newest APIs and services, and it becomes critical to delivering the same feature-rich Android experience across various smartphones. The latest revision to that is out today, dubbed Google Play services 7.0. Let's take a look at what's new. There are new tools to aid our favorite developers make their apps even better – namely, Location Settings Dialog (a mechanism letting developers know whether a given location ...

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    With the introduction of Android Lollipop, Google brought its platform a feature called Smart Lock, its own spin on Motorola's Trusted Devices. Smart Lock lets you control when your phone forces you to manually unlock: you can use something like the presence of a paired Bluetooth device or an NFC tag that lets the phone know it's in a trusted environment where no PIN is necessary. Other options for Smart Lock currently include a location-based system where you define safe zones for your phone, and even a face-based mode that attempts to recognize you via your phone's front-facing camera. ...

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    Last week we took a peek at some of the software Google was working on for Android Wear, checking out a leak that detailed the changes to come. While sharing that with you, we mentioned how the software also required a similarly not-yet-released version of the core Google Play services, version 6.5. Well, today Google's ready to start making the latter available, detailing some of the important API changes on its Android Developers blog. So, what's new? The new Google Fit gets a few tweaks, with this new version of Play services giving apps more fine-grained control over how they define ...

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    Tired of all the Lollipop news yet? No? Good, because we sure aren't. Amidst the news of Lollipop updates finally beginning to roll out to consumers' phones, we're also being swamped by a whole host of Material Design-influenced app updates from developers everywhere. Today we're looking at an allegedly-upcoming Android Wear app update with Material Design, as well as a Google Play Services update that is necessary for it to work. Android Wear version 1.0.5.1549850 removes a lot of the Holo-esque design cues, removing the solid black background on the app's home page and instead opting for ...

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    Nestled somewhere between the details on the Android L developer preview and all the great stuff to look forward to from Android Wear, Google announced the latest changes to Google Play Services at I/O this afternoon. The new update, version 5.0, is already headed out to users now, so let's take a quick look at the features that arrive with it. Those improvements to Play Games we just told you about, including Quests and that much-needed cloud save overhaul arrive as part of this update. With Android Wear smartwatches just now going up for sale, Play Services 5.0 delivers more of the ...

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    While Google app updates like the two we saw arrive for Camera and Wallet today may be the more visible way Google keeps its Android software fresh and relevant, the behind-the-scenes stuff where it makes new features available to third-party devs is arguably just as important, if not more so. Already this year we've seen Google deliver update after update to Google Play services, with new releases coming out in January, February, and most recently in March. While April passed without anything new, Google's now ready for its latest improvements to Play services to go live, announcing the ...

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    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 ...

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    The proverbial Holy Grail for every advertiser on the planet is the ability to uniquely identify you so they can show you ads will likely be of interest to you. For decades (and beyond), marketers were only able to send their messages out to targeted groups -- not individuals. From the old Burma-Shave signs that dotted rural highways from 1925 to 1963 to the modern-day television commercials, advertisers attempted to target large groups of demographically similar people with their messages. Doing so helped resellers get the most bang for their advertising buck. The concept is simple: ...

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