As has been established, the best software updates for Android tend to be part of either app updates or updates to the Google Play services framework rather than in the full Android system updates. Today, Google is starting the rollout of Google Play services version 4.1, which adds turn-based multiplayer support for games and more. Turn-based multiplayer means that game developers can now use Google Play services to offer asynchronous multiplayer in games. Basically, this makes Google servers the middleman for transferring turn data between players. The service will add support for multiplayer games of 2-8 players. Turn data is sent to Google and automatically routed to other players. Another big addition is a developer preview of a new Google Drive API that is in the works. The API will allow any app to read and write Google Drive files and even offer offline editing capabilities. As you would expect, there is also more advertising support in the Play services update, … [Read more...] about Google Play services 4.1 begins rolling out with turn-based multiplayer support and more
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The ad-supported model for delivering services for free is not new, but up to now at least, it does have certain limitations. We accept free services like Google, Facebook, and Twitter even though the data mining involved is geared solely to deliver targeted ads, often with creepy accuracy to our moods and tastes.Mobile service based on such a model does not have much of a presence in developed markets, but it could happen. Once such an idea works in one environment, enterprising folks will look at ways to implement the notion in their own back yard.Take a mobile market like the Philippines as an example. Mobile penetration is over 100%, but almost all of it is pre-paid type service, roughly 96%. On the flip side of that demographic, credit cards have reached roughly 11% of the market.With such a dichotomy, one could see the marketing challenge with such a deep user base. Pre-paid usage leans toward inconsistent usage, and the lack of credit card usage prevents consumer data … [Read more...] about Would you opt-in for free mobile service if it meant advertisements and survey participation?
Android wearable services Google Play services 5.0 introduces a set of APIs that make it easier to communicate with your apps running on Android wearables. The APIs provide an automatically synchronized, persistent data store and a low-latency messaging interface that let you sync data, exchange control messages, and transfer assets. Dynamic security provider Provides an API that apps can use to easily install a dynamic security provider. The dynamic security provider includes a replacement for the platform's secure networking APIs, which can be updated frequently for rapid delivery of security patches. The current version includes fixes for recent issues identified in OpenSSL. Google Play game services Quests are a new set of APIs to run time-based goals for players, and reward them without needing to update the game. To do this, you can send game activity data to the Quests service whenever a player successfully wins a level, kills an alien, or saves a rare black sheep, for example. … [Read more...] about Google Play Services 5.0 is live, check out the new additions
It looks like MediaTek is under the radar from multiple giants of the smartphone industry. After Apple showed interest in its modem chips, Google allowed the Taiwanese company to offer pre-tested, pre-certified, and fully compliant builds of Android and Google Mobile Services (GMS) to smartphone makers.MediaTek announced that it's the first SoC (system-on-chip) manufacturer that becomes a partner for GMS Express, a special program that's meant to offer device makers approved Android software solutions such Google Mobile Services and Google Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) certification).According to MediaTek, the initiative will help smartphone makers “get to market more cost effectively and faster and ensure high-quality, consistent consumer experiences with Android apps and devices.”Another benefit that OEMs and ODMs (original design manufacturers) will be able to take advantage of after MediaTek's announcement is a reduced compatibility certification process, which will go … [Read more...] about MediaTek to provide approved Android builds and Google Mobile Services to smartphone makers
posted on 04 Nov 2017, 06:13 0 1. Peacetoall (unregistered) More competetion is always good for consumers. Mediatek is known for providing powerful processor at reasonable price posted on 04 Nov 2017, 06:38 8 2. Rishi17 (Posts: 97; Member since: 22 Sep 2016) Powerful? Don't know about that, but crappy GPU definitely , plus never seen a smartphone with mediatek processor working properly, there will always be bad lag, frame drops & too much overheating. Also minimum or no Android updates in most cases. posted on 04 Nov 2017, 07:30 1 5. GreenMan (Posts: 2195; Member since: 09 Nov 2015) Powerful processors? posted on 04 Nov 2017, 09:00 0 7. Settings (Posts: 2725; Member since: 02 Jul 2014) Also with the custom devs, MTK is known to release broken sources of kernels and frequently never releases open source materials for them to work to. posted on 04 Nov 2017, 11:33 0 8. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 506; Member since: 04 Sep 2015) But that is kinda … [Read more...] about Comments for : MediaTek to provide approved Android builds and Google Mobile Services to smartphone makers