|Google Play Services 7.5|
|Written by Lucy Black|
|Friday, 05 June 2015|
Smart Lock for Passwords, Instance ID, new APIs for Google Cloud Messaging and Google Cast, access to the Google Maps API on Android Wear devices and API enhancements for Google Fit are all included in the new rollout of Google Play services. There's also a beta for building user referral called App Invites.
Google announced the availability of Google Play Services 7.5 at last week's I/O developer conference and its list of significant new features is a long one.
The first item, Smart Lock for Passwords, aims to eliminate, or at least reduce, the requirement to type in a password on a mobile device, something that can be a frustrating experience, by recognizing when a user has already logged in to an app on the web or on another device. It builds on the Chrome Password Manager and provides a new API that will retrieve saved credentials as part of a login process and will save new credentials for later use on other Android devices and any Chrome browser.
Still on the topic of authentications, Instance ID (IID) is a new feature that retrieves a unique identifier for every app instance, providing a mechanism to authenticate and authorize actions, even if your app does not have user registration and accounts.
Google Cloud Messaging, a mechanism for sending information to your users as well as sending messages from a device to a server can now take advantage of Instance ID to enable you to send push notifications to all of a user's devices. IID also permits topic based subscriptions making it easy to publish a message not only to the right audience but also to all subscribed instances.
Two new classes in GCM,
New APIs for Google Cast should enable devs to take better advantage of the technology that lets you display content from a mobile device or laptop directly to a TV or speakers in three important areas of functionality:
The Maps APIs have now been extended to Android Wear devices so that a smart watch can display fully interactive maps to show you where you are complete with scroll and zoom interactive maps, show the user’s current location.
New APIs also extend the usefulness of Google Fit, the open platform for building fitness apps by retrieving sensor data like current location and speed, collecting and storing activity data, or automatically aggregating that data into a single view of the user’s fitness data. Specifically Play Services 7.5 introduces the
Finally, App Invites, currently in beta is new functionality for both Android and iOS that enables an app to send invites via SMS or email as a method of growing your user base and is intended to to take the hard work out of building user referral and onboarding flows.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 05 June 2015 )|