Google is updating Google Play Services, its Android application programming interface (API), to add new features for developers to integrate Google products into their apps.
Here are some of the details from Google’s blog post about Play Services 6.5.
The new Google Play Services 6.5 enables app makers to include a map toolbar so that their users can get directions without leaving the app.
It also includes support for a “lite mode” map for displaying smaller, simpler maps — for instance, as thumbnails.
App makers can now add custom file properties to Drive files from their apps. Google says developers can use this to build “very efficient search queries” and also to save information with files that other apps can access.
It now has support for a “Donate with Google” button in addition to the existing “Buy with Google” option.
Google is adding support for its health- and fitness-oriented software development kit, the Google Fit SDK. In this release of Play Services, Google says it’s making it easier to add activity segments, such as a period of walking or running, as well as to work with Google Fit in other ways.