Heads up, Android developers, because Google just announced a new version of Google Play services with some spiffy updates for several Google apps.
- Google Maps – Maps API now includes a map toolbar that lets users open Google Maps and get directions right away to the selected marker. Also included is a “lite mode” map option for maps that are so small that they can’t really be interacted with, like in a thumbnail.
- Google Drive – Support for public and application private custom file properties in a Drive file for quick searches and apps that can save info that’ll persist across other apps. Syncing is improved thanks to control over when files are uploaded, like by network type or charging status.
- Google Wallet – “Donate with Google” button added for easy donations.
- Google Fit – Easier for developers to add activity segments for set time periods of running, walking, etc., when creating sessions for a workout that includes several different activities.
- Granular Dependency Management – Allows developers to rely on a small common library and select APIs rather than the entire API library. Lets devs slim down app sizes.
This looks like a nice update to Google Play services, bringing new features to some major Android apps. If you’re a dev that’d like to read up a bit more on this update before it rolls out, you can check out Google’s official Android Developers Blog.