Big update for Google Play Services rolling out

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With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs.
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Google Announces Android 4.0.3 Fresh Off the Release of Android 4.0.2

If you are anything like me then I bet you were pretty excited when you got your Galaxy Nexus yesterday. I bet you were also excited that there was already an update out to fix bugs on your phone moments after you got it into your hands. Well if you were impressed with that, Google has even more awesome news for you. Google announced today an incremental increase from yesterday’s update bringing it to 4.0.3.

Some of the new APIs in Android 4.0.3 include:

- Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.

- Calendar provider enhancements: Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.

- New camera enhancements: Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.

- Accessibility refinements: Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.

- Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

So there we have it. Although I have no idea on when this update will come out, I know I will be checking my status update option constantly. If you do get the update let us know and tell us what you think.

 

[via Android Developers Blog]