You might notice that Google Play Services is prompting you to update via the Google Play Store – this is to bring it to version 7.8, and with it some pretty cool new features. Included in this release is Nearby Messages, Mobile Vision API, as well as Google Cloud Messaging.
- Nearby Messages: Nearby Messages introduces a cross-platform API to find and communicate with mobile devices and beacons, based on proximity. Nearby uses a combination of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an ultrasonic audio modem to connect devices.
- Mobile Vision API: The Face API allows developers to find human faces in images and video. It’s faster, more accurate and provides more information than the Android API. The Barcode API allows apps to recognize barcodes in real-time, on device, in any orientation. It supports a range of barcodes and can detect multiple barcodes at once.
- Google Cloud Messaging: Google Cloud Messaging has expanded notification to support localization for Android. GCM will handle displaying the notification based on current device locale, which saves you having to figure out which messages to display on which devices!
The latest version of the SDK is now available to download to take advantage of these new features and implement the necessary API’s using the link here.