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Update to Google Play Services fixes battery draining bug, includes support for turn-based multiplayer

7 months ago 26

An update to Google Play Services always means that there’s something new and fun for developers to play with, but this latest update brings a little something extra. The Google Play Services 4.1 update happens to include a fix for the battery draining bug related to location services, which is one that many of you KitKat users have experienced. Now you can enjoy having your phone not die in less than 10 hours.

Google has also included support for turn-based multiplayer games. This means that developers can take advantage of the new multiplayer system with support for 2-8 players. When a move is made, it’s sent to Play Services and then distributed to the other players. This should make developing turn-based games a lot easier.

There are also several smaller tweaks, like improved auto-complete in Google+ when sharing items and a developer preview of a new Google Drive API to allow access to syncing files across devices. Overall this is a good update, even if most users will never notice it. Google Play Services updates usually occur automatically, so just give it some time and it’ll be done!