Google Play Services update adds multiplayer games to the party

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Games on the Android platform are about to get a little more fun... and friendly.

The latest Google Play Services update, released Thursday, lets developers take advantage of new turn-based multiplayer mechanics. Once enabled, you'll be able to play with up to eight friends in a game. That data will then be uploaded to the Play Services servers, allowing other players to see your score in real time. 

Google has also improved battery life for users who complained that enabling Location Reporting on their mobile devices was draining battery life. And, if you use Google+ (although you might not after today's update), you'll find that the G+ app now offers better auto-complete and suggests friends from your Gmail contacts list, device contacts, and anyone else who is on Google's social network.

On the developer front, the update also includes a preview of the new Google Drive API for Android, as well as new ways to make money from ads.

Google Play Services 4.1 has slowly begun rolling out to Android users everywhere.

This story, "Google Play Services update adds multiplayer games to the party" was originally published by TechHive.

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