New Location APIs from Google
The latest version of Google Play services includes new APIs that provide more efficient and immediate user location data on devices running Android 2.2 and higher. Features include geofencing APIs, user activity recognition, and power-efficient location updates.
New Cross-Platform Single Sign On
Google+ Sign-In is an easy, trusted way to sign a user into your app. Now it's even more seamless. A user can sign in to your app on one device and pick it up on another—without signing in again. Best of all, it's built into Google+ Sign-in, so there's no change needed in your app.
New Google Maps Android APIs!
Google Maps Android API version 2 is now available with enhanced features such as 3D buildings, vector-based map tiles, rich overlay capabilities, indoor maps, support for fragments, and much more.
The APIs are bundled with Google Play services and are compatible with Android 2.2 and higher.
Building Great Apps for Tablets
Tablets are a growing part of the Android installed base and they offer new opportunities for user engagement and monetization. If you are targeting tablets, check out the Tablet App Quality Checklist for tips and techniques on how to deliver a great app experience for tablet users.
In-app Subscriptions with Trials
You can now set up a free trial period for any Google Play in-app subscription, making it easy for users try your subscriber content before automatically converting to a full subscription. Free trials give you a new way to bring users into your products and engage them effectively.
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Core App Quality Guidelines
This document helps you assess basic aspects of quality in your app through a compact set of core app quality criteria and associated tests. All Android apps should meet these criteria.
Updated Notifications API Guide
The Notifications API Guide is updated to include information about building Jelly Bean rich notifications using the Support Library APIs for backwards-compatibility.
Updated Dialogs API Guide
The Dialogs API Guide now shows to use DialogFragment class, a simpler way to manage your dialogs and embed them in alternative layouts.
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