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This article was published on November 18, 2014

Google updates Google Play services with new features for Maps, Drive and Fit

Google updates Google Play services with new features for Maps, Drive and Fit
Roberto Baldwin
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Roberto Baldwin

Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

If you’re an Android developer that uses Google’s Play services, today is your lucky day as it hits version 6.5 with enhanced features for Maps, Drive, Wallet and Fit.

The update will be rolling out over the next couple of days with enhancements to Maps that includes a map toolbar that lets users get directions to a location without leaving your app. There’s also a new option for a “lite” map for when you need a tiny bitmap image of a location in your app.

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For Google Drive, the search giant has made file syncing more battery efficient and improves in -app search and saves information across multiple app. Google Wallet gets a ‘Donate with Google’ button in addition to the ‘Buy with Google’ button.

Finally, the Fit update lets developers add activity segments to their workout apps. The update makes it easier to insert pauses into a workout and track multiple activity type workouts.

➤ Google Play services 6.5

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