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Google Announces Play Services Version 2.0

By December 4, 2012

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Google recently unveiled its Play Services version 2.0, which comprise a variety of tools to enable Android developers to incorporate desired elements of Play Store apps and functionality into their own applications.

This new version of the Play Services toolkit offers two new and interesting features for developers - Google Maps and Photo Sphere APIs. Obviously, this implies that Android developers will now be able to include Google Maps and Photo Sphere elements into their own apps.

The vector-based Maps will support 2D and 3D viewing, enabling users to tilt and rotate the map to their preferences. The new map system will also include indoor maps, so that users can get to view the inside of bigger establishments, such as airports and so on.

The company has also stated that it will soon be opening up Photo Sphere so as to make it available to anyone that would like to make use of it.

The new API version will support Android devices starting from Froyo onward. Interested developers can access the said tools from Google's Android Developer portal.


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