Google’s mobile development team have really lifted their game over the last 18 months. As part of that relentless march they announced today that Google Play will now support ‘Turn based Multiplayer games’ (think Words with friends) and a preliminary API for Google Drive.
A quote from the official release:
The latest release of Google Play services has begun rolling out to users. It includes new Turn Based Multiplayer support for games, and a preliminary API for integrating Google Drive into your apps. This update also improves battery life for all users with Google Location Reporting enabled. Once the rollout has completed, you’ll be able to download the SDK using the Android SDK manager and get started with the new APIs. Watch for more information coming soon.
Google has been working hard to catch up IOS in some areas and overtake it in others.
The Daily Tech Whip team has just finished it’s first quarter of having a Nexus 5 as one of its full time mobile devices (we like to have at least one device from each major OS running at once) and it’s a very slick phone at a very good price.
The hardware is good but not perfect but it’s the software integration that is impressing us the most. Android and in particular the ‘Google Play’ ecosystem have made significant improvements over the last 18 months at a time when IOS has made some great strides forward but also some contentious interface decisions.