Google has released Google Play Services 5.0, which is now rolling out to devices worldwide. Google Play Services allows developers to connect with Google services like Google Maps, Cloud Messaging, and more. This release contains support for Android wearable devices and updates to the Wallet API, Drive API, and more.

The Android wearables API lets developers more easily communicate with their apps running on wearable devices running Android. The data store provided by the APIs is automatically synchronized and persistent. There is a low-latency messaging intercafe for data syncing, exchanging control messages, and asset transfer.

The App Indexing API lets you tell Google about deep links in your native application. The Google Search app can show your app's history to to users as part of instant search suggestions when you make use of this API. Your app's content can be indexed and shown as deep links in Google search results if deep links are reported.

The Google Wallet API has added offer support to the "Save to Wallet" button. Users can now tap the button to save offers from an app and have them show up in Google Wallet. Users can receive location-based notifications to scan these digital cards when checking out. Payments can also now be split between a users Google Wallet balance and the credit or debit card associated with their Wallet.

The Google Play game services updates contain a couple of major additons. Quests are a new set of APIs that can run time-based player goals and reward players without the need to update your game. You send game activity to the service when a player successfully completes a level or task. Saved games, meanwhile, allow you to store a player's saved progress in the cloud so it can be accessed on multiple devices. Stored data can include a cover image and description for greater context, as well as time played.

There are a number of other updates in Google Player Services 5.0. These include media tracks introducing Chromecast closed caption support, and update to the Google Drive API, Analytics improvements, and more. You can check out all of the changes over on Google's Android Development Blog.

Tell us what you think of the changes to Google Play Services below in the comments.

Source: Android Development Blog

 
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eagle865 says:

Fun stuff!

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cjbrigol says:

Did they fix the wake locks and battery drain?

aw1974 says:

I downloaded the apk last week and it did not fix the wakelocks or battery drain on my S4.

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mattbrich says:

That's what I want to know too

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One thing to try is uninstall it and let it reupdate then reboot.
When I have high drain (mostly after it updates), I do this and it resolves it.

DaHui623 says:

Is Chromecast mirroring included with this update? It wasn't mentioned in the change log but was implied during the I/O keynote.

eagle865 says:

I want to know this too!

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ajpri says:

I already have GPS 5 oh my Nexus 5 with L. It's not functional.

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thatguy97 says:

I got on my Nexus 7 2013 with L but it still wont find the device :(

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dcdttu says:

I've had GPS for a while, no dice. I think an update to the Chromecast itself has to happen to enable it. It wouldn't even work on L Dev. Preview.

DaHui623 says:

Boo. I really want to know how well this feature will work with streaming games to my tv.

fuzzylumpkin says:

Probably not very, I foresee some pretty high latency.

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DaHui623 says:

They mentioned that latency was a focus while developing the mirroring feature. I'm sure FPS games won't be great but hopefully some of these console ports well look and feel ok.

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leif1981 says:

Beside the play services this will also require an update to the chromecast app as far as I know. It's not working yet.

DaHui623 says:

Got the GPS update on my Nexus 7 and the cast screen option is now available from the pull down menu. I'll try it out later to see how it works.

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y2whisper says:

Yeah it has to be whitelisted on the Chromecast side for the masses to have. From my limited experience with it, its pretty good even does sound.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

Got it a couple of days ago, was hoping for chromecast screen mirroring but sadly it appears no. Coming soon hopefully.

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mwara244 says:

The chromecast, itself has to be updated as well, and they said at I/O that an update to the chromecast will be this summer, sounding like august.

thatguy97 says:

When this comes out it can put the nail In miracasts coffin

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cjohnson481 says:

I keep getting my ChromeCast in my available casting devices as a beta, but always fails to connect.

Mine has been updated to 5.0 and I received an update to Google search 3.5.15 and I still don't have the "OK Google" from any screen option. What am I doing wrong?

***Ivana........Ivana Humpalot***

NoNexus says:

There is supposed to be a setting but I, like you do not have it yet...

rgao007 says:

Google has to enable it for your account, it's random

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OK, thanks. I didn't know that

***Ivana........Ivana Humpalot***

szparaj says:

I am in the same boat. I find myself looking like a junkie. I have rebooted a million times. Cleared data and cache. nada. Phone is a S5 on VZ

chad783 says:

I had it for a brief moment and had it all set up but then it disappeared. Weird that they would allow me to have it and allow me to set it up but then take it away.

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nldr says:

Same here, wtf lol

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Trojan713 says:

Is your language choice US English?

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RonD says:

Go into settings, language and input, voice search, "OK google" detection. I have it, but don't have play services 5 yet. Maybe it comes with the Google search update.

rgao007 says:

lol pretty sure everyone has that option

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maybe this will stop the constant unfortunately Google Play services have stopped messages I've been getting the last few days. I can only hope.

minnow4 says:

I'm on 5.0.84

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dc5_k20z1 says:

Same here Google play services 5.0.84 and Google search 3.5.15.... Still no OK Google hotword everywhere...... C'mon Google! This has been rolling out for a week now.

dc5_k20z1 says:

Just got OK Google hotword detection system wide and audio history.

cybertec69 says:

He needs to lay off the donuts in the cafeteria.

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rgao007 says:

Is it causing Pushbullet to not work with anyone else? On 5.0.84 on an AT&T Note 3

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Jan Welch says:

Why aren't my Google and Facebook accounts syncing?

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