Google Play Services 4.1

The latest release of Google Play services has begun rolling out to users. It includes new Turn Based Multiplayer support for games, and a preliminary API for integrating Google Drive into your apps. This update also improves battery life for all users with Google Location Reporting enabled. Once the rollout has completed, you’ll be able to download the SDK using the Android SDK manager and get started with the new APIs. Watch for more information coming soon.

Turn Based Multiplayer
Play Games now supports turn-based multiplayer! Developers can build asynchronous games to play with friends and auto-matched players, supporting 2-8 players per game. When players take turns, their turn data is uploaded to Play Services and shared with other players automatically.

We are also providing an optional new “Connecting to Play Games” transition animation during sign-in, before the permission dialog appears. This helps contextualize the permission dialog, especially in games that ask for sign in on game start.

Google Drive
This version of Google Play Services includes a developer preview of the new Google Drive API for Android. You can use it to easily read and write files in Google Drive so they’re available across devices and on the web. Users can work with files offline too — changes are synced with Google Drive automatically when they reconnect.

The API also includes common UI components including a file picker and save dialog.

Google Mobile Ads
With Google Play services 4.1, the Google Mobile Ads SDK now fully supports DoubleClick for Publishers, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and Search Ads for Mobile Apps. You can also use a new publisher-provided location API to provide Google with the location when requesting ads. Location-based ads can improve your app monetization.

Google+
An improved Google+ sharing experience makes it even easier for users to share with the right people from your app. It includes better auto-complete and suggested recipients from Gmail contacts, device contacts and people on Google+.

More About Google Play Services
To learn more about Google Play services and the APIs available to you through it, visit the Google Services of the Android Developers site.

Download link if you are in a rush : Google Play Update

The Incredible & Indispensable: 5 Must-Have Apps for your One – HTC Blog

The Incredible & Indispensable: 5 Must-Have Apps for your One – HTC Blog.

So you just picked up your stunningly sexy and sleek HTC One. Congratulations! Now, you’re probably wondering which amongst the virtual sea of Google Play apps will help you best put your One to good use. You’re in luck! We recently asked the HTC community on Twitter to share their top five indispensable apps for the One, which we’ve rounded up for you!

Instagram

The wildly popular mobile photography-based social media network has become a staple in the wake of increasingly powerful mobile phone cameras. Perhaps the first app to popularize photo filters, the collection of filters has increased over time, giving users access to a plethora of photo-customization options. Not much of a photographer? Not to worry: earlier this year Instagram also added support for short videos up to 15 seconds in length. What better way to show off your One’s powerful camera and all of your Zoes?

MX Player

The One comes equipped with a stunning 1080p display. That being said, it would be quite a shame not to put it good use with the occasional movie, right? Enter MX Player: a powerful, versatile, and feature-packed video player. Its support of several subtitle formats makes it perfect for discreet viewing, and its multi-core decoding ensures that you’re utilizing your One’s powerful quad-core processor.

Pocket Casts

Who needs iTunes to enjoy podcasts? Pocket Casts allows users to stay up to date on their favorite podcasts via streaming, or download them directly to their Android device for later listening. Podcasts are sorted through an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface for easy browsing. Additionally Pocket Casts supports both video and audio podcasts, and has extra features such as variable speed playback, playlists, and the ability to toggle video podcasts to “audio only” when you need to direct your eyes elsewhere.

Waze

Google Maps may have set the standard for smartphone navigation apps, but Waze broke new ground by marrying navigation and crowdsourcing. What does that mean for you? It means access to the latest, user-submitted information on road hazards, construction, accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, and other potential impediments to your travels. Waze automatically updates maps based upon information such as traveling speed, or allows you to manually submit information to the Waze community—all hands free. Picking someone up? Waze connects your Facebook account and allows you to coordinate your travels together, or helps you notify your friends when you’re running behind.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a favorite cross-platform messaging app amongst those who want an alternative to SMS messaging. Unlike conventional SMS inboxes, Whatsapp logs messages received while offline, allowing users to stay connected no matter what. Whatsapp supports group chat, audio messages, and video messages, and also conveniently syncs automatically with your Address Book. Whatsapp is free for a year—after which it only costs $0.99 annually—and is completely ad-free.

What is your must-download app for the HTC One? Let us know in the comments below.

 

How To Optimize Google Maps in Your Daily Life

English: Wordmark of Google Maps

English: Wordmark of Google Maps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe you all know what Google Maps technology is. There are several functions out there that will help you out in your daily life. I currently use HTC One with Android JellyBean 4.2.2 as my daily smartphone to help me several things. Google Maps have such functions like traffic, navigation, places or else. Traffic jam is such my daily problem when to go outside, especially in Jakarta where I lived in.

Google Maps has recently updated their mobile application version for android. The new Google Maps app has a simplified interface that focuses on the map. It has a lot of things in common with the new Google Maps for desktop, including the missing features. For now, there’s no support for My Maps (it will be added later), many layers are missing, Labs features are no longer available. Map caching is now a hidden feature: type “OK maps” in the search box and the app will pre-load the map you’re currently viewing. Google Latitude has been discontinued and replaced by a Google+ feature. In my limited testing, the app was pretty slow and laggy, so Google still has some work to do to optimize the app. Continue reading