ay Services 8.1 paves the way for Android y

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 31 Aug 2015

The latest update to ay Services does some key prep work for the launch of Android y.

Version 8.1 brings this feature includes clues to other changes, according to an A teardown by Android lice

y this matters: A lot of new features capabilities on Android roll out through ay Services. This gives the ability to roll out new tools for developers without the need to wait for Android OS updates, which can be held up my manufacturers carriers. (mnspas)

Android y

The newest tap-to-pay option from should hit your phone soon. The process looks pretty similar to llet, as you tap an NFC-enabled payment terminal with your phone to pay for an item while shopping.

The big advantage to Android y is that it uses a more secure tokenization method for concealing your credit card information, just like Apple y. But in terms of how you use it, the experience should be pretty similar to llet, albeit streamlined: with a fingerprint reader, you may be able to avoid typing in a N number.

Family Accounts

Accounts specifically for the younger set have been uncovered in the past, but nothing solid has yet appeared. Android lice found a few strings that refer to creating family accounts, but that’s about it.

should jump on this, as a major advantage of iTunes Family Sharing is how easy it is to give others access to apps now an Apple Music subscription. This makes it all the more tempting for parents to opt for an id or ione for kids instead of an Android device.

New ay Services naming scheme

This change is critical if you’re the type to install the latest A yourself. is changing the naming convention for ay Services As.

The previous XYZ naming pattern was used for identifying the version of Android, C architecture, screen densities.

th the change, you’ll now see a 4 for Marshmallow or a 2 for llipop in the X position.

The bottom line is be sure to check the details on the A Mirror description before you download a ay Services update. If you install the wrong one, you can wreak some serious havoc on your phone. If you’re unsure, better to wait for the update to roll out through the ay Store.