GOOGLE PLAY SERVICES Posts on XDA

Google Play Services v11 Adds New LocationServices APIs

Earlier this month, Google released version 11 of Google Play Services and it came with a lot of changes to the platform. This update touched on ads, app invites, awareness, identity, casting and so much more. Be sure to check out the full release notes if you are interested in all of the changes that...

PSA: Play Services Update Broke Titanium Backup & Substratum. Here’s a Fix.

Recently, a lot of users of certain popular root applications such as Titanium Backup and Substratum began experiencing some rather odd issues. Suddenly, Titanium Backup would become stuck at 0% when trying to restore applications, and Substratum users noticed that themes were failing to apply. Some users believed that the issue was related to USB debugging...

Google Play Services Release Notes are Available for the 10.2 Update — Bye Gingerbread!

It was just a few weeks ago when we learned that the Google Play Services 10.2 update would include an Instant Tethering feature. This information came to us from Andreas Proschofsky, who had sideloaded the update and noticed the feature popup. Google likes to take their time when rolling out big updates like this and we're...

Unshackle your Device from the Google Play Store with APKUpdater [XDA Spotlight]

With the Google Play Store reaching tens of billions of individual application installations over the course of its lifetime, it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid using Google's app store. This is especially problematic for open source enthusiasts and/or privacy conscious folks who see the Google Play Store as a shackle on their device that...

Google Rolling Out ‘Instant Tethering’ to Pixel and Nexus Devices

Google had been internally testing a feature named "Instant Tethering" for a while now. Essentially, this feature allows devices to share their cellular data connection through Wi-Fi, automatically and seamlessly. Automation is the crucial part of this feature, as previously we would have had to manually create hotspots on our phone and manually connect to them from...

Google Play Services v10.2 to Introduce an ‘Instant Tethering’ Feature

While many people complain that OEMs are slow to push out big official updates to Android, Google is able to roll out the latest version of Google Play Services to over 90% of the active user base. Updates to Google Play Services doesn't change the core UI of Android, and it doesn't add in new...

Google Play Services and Firebase to Drop Support for Gingerbread in Early 2017

This week, Google announced some future plans that they have for both Google Play Services, as well as Firebase for Android. Google Play Services version 10.0.x is what is currently available and this will continue to support Gingerbread devices. Things will be changing with the upcoming 10.2.x release though, and Google says this will be made...

Wakelocks and Battery Life Instability: Why Android Needs Better, Accessible Tools to Pinpoint Battery Drainers

Battery is the hottest topic these days -- figuratively, speaking of course. But another battery-related topic does not get as much attention as the issue deserves: battery life instability on Android. Starting off with a very broad and general brush, Android and battery life are not the best of buddies. If you ask any average user if they...

How Google is Laying the Foundation to Kill Rogue Background Services

Google has major plans in the works to further improve the battery life of Android devices. In a talk during Google I/O (which you can watch below), the company shared their current and future plans with developers regarding optimizing for battery life. Google is planning on killing unbound background receivers and will force developers to coalesce their...

Google I/O 2015 Recap – XDA TV

Google I/o 2015 has come and gone. The biggest celebration of Google by Google has wrapped up. They announced a bunch of exciting information, and to our delight, there were a lot of Android announcements. Additionally, there was a lot of information about other exciting and mobile related Google goodness. Here at xda-developers we have written...

PSA: Google Play Services Wakelock Affects Many 5.x ROMs

Wakelocks are the bane of the battery conscious, and this wakelock bug has been plaguing Android ROMs for a while. Yes, the issue is neither new nor unique, and it won't be resolved for good until Google steps up, but the recent launches of CyanogenMod 12 and CyanogenOS (among others) have prompted a new round...

Google Play Services 6.5 Updates Fit, Drive, and Wallet APIs

The last time we saw a major update to Google Play Services was back in September with the launch of Play Services 6.1. This update brought new ecommerse analytics tools, a tag manager, and an improved Drive API. Google Play Services 6.1 was then rolled out to all Play-enabled users via the Google Play Store...
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