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The news out of Google is coming rapid-fire with the Nexus 5 going on sale, KitKat becoming a reality, and now the rollout of Google Play Services 4.0. The updated framework comes with a host of improvements to Google+ Sign-In, Wallet Instant Buy, Location Based Services, Maps, and comes with a brand new Mobile Ads SDK.

One of the most popular features announced during Google I/O 2013 was a massively improved set of tools for Location Services, which included geofencing and substantially improved location discovery. With this update, efficiency can be further improved thanks to new settings that allow developers to limit how quickly their apps are notified about entering or exiting a geofence and if they should even be notified at all if the user only briefly passes through the area. The Maps API is also receiving additional features for controlling the opacity and fade-in effects of markers and how 3D buildings should appear.

Google+ Sign-In and Wallet Instant Buy are going to see deeper integration and a simplification of the purchase flow. Users are now presented a simple consent dialog before making purchases. New Wallet objects have also been added which allow vendors to reward loyalty points for purchases made through Instant Buy.

The only completely new SDK to the package is for Google Mobile Ads. The AdMob SDK for Android is being merged into Play Services to ensure Google can push updates and bug fixes without relying on developers to update their apps individually. As part of the new ad system, an advertising-specific anonymous identifier has been added to take the place of the Android ID used by most advertisers today. Users will have the option to opt out of interest-based ads or reset their identifier any time they like from within the Google Settings app.

In the blog post announcing the updated framework, Google points out that over 97% of devices now run Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or above, and thus Froyo support will be abandoned with Play Services 4.0. Devices running Android 2.2 will continue to run the latest version of Play Services 3.0 (which appears to be v3.2.66) and enjoy the features that exist within that SDK, but they aren't likely to see any further updates.

If you're a developer looking to get in on the fun, hit the Google Services Developer page for more details and check out the newly posted 4.4 SDK. For everybody else, the Play Services framework will roll out silently to your devices over the coming days. You can count on it, the teardown team is standing by.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • vwbeetlvr

    Where is the apk

  • Grimmjow

    The huge number of changes i'm seeing, indeed this was worthy of the new name 'Kitkat'. Also this also tells me that've been working on this for quite a while.

  • DJxSpeedy

    we need the apk please ;)

  • Edgar Chinchilla

    Someone have the Apk?

  • Doctor Awesome PhD

    All I want is the new Hangouts apk c'mooooonnn

  • Frank Lopez

    Ok google hangouts APK come out come out now!

  • Scott Hendry

    anyone ever watch Trick My Truck? that last line made me think of the guy that always says "Let's tear down!"

  • usaff22

    We need the APK for Play Services, Hangouts and Search! At least if I'm not getting the phone I want the updates, hurry up Google! (sheds a tear)

  • Simon Belmont

    Good night, FroYo. We knew ye all too long.

    The fact that Google Play Services supported down to FroYo this long is pretty impressive. Good job, Google.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I almost hate to say it like this, but I almost don't see the point in having supported it at all. It's not that it didn't deserve support, but rather, it was only supported for a very short time. Play Services wasn't really particularly relevant until I/O 2013 (though, it existed long before that). If support was going to be dropped just a few months later, it probably should have been easier to drop it back then.

      • Simon Belmont

        I agree. It shares such a small piece of the user base anyway.

        If Google ditched FroYo because it was holding back progress on newer versions of Android, then I say good. Legacy support is a pain.

  • David J

    Come on Hangouts!

  • NF

    I've heard there was a presentation of all of these features today and the N5. Where might one find such a video?

    • Bob G


      • NF

        You sir, are the most helpful person in the world.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      No presentation for the Play Services stuff. There are some other videos for KitKat, and we're posting about those right now :)

  • Trent Callahan

    If Google released Hangouts w/ SMS, Google Experience, and some stock updates today/this weekend, my year would be made! :D

  • h112

    here is apparently the apk for google play services version 4.0.27 (599131-10)is here http://pool.apk.aptoide.com/ringlord/com-google-android-gms-3027111-2987575-0d552aff6dddbfa80e56bc50a2bade8a.apk

    • Russ

      No, it's not.

      • h112

        so what version is it then

        • Russ

          It's not Play Services at all. Malware most likely.

          • h112

            how can you tell

          • Russ

            Looked in the .apk

  • me

    Android Police
    that's a LOT of tear-downs to be done
    KitKat and all the new apps bundled with it and now the now Play services
    good luck

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Artem has us chained up in rooms, just waiting for each and every apk. He'll make us work without breaks for minutes at a time. It's cruel and unusual.

  • CharlesTF

    I got 4.0.30
    Is this the new version?

    By the way, why is the icon gray?

  • http://skorch.co.uk/ Antony Derham

    Really hoping to see a Wallet release.

  • http://itsallmyblog.com/ Carlos A Jimenez

    I got version 4.0.31, I will share it later