Google+ sign-in is now part of Google Play Services


Google has just announced version 3.0 of Google Play Services, and it brings a big feature that many of us have been waiting for. This new version will enable developers to include a Google+ sign-in option for their applications. This will allow users to sign-in and sign-up for services with their existing Google+ account credentials, much like many apps do with Twitter and Facebook. The folks at Banjo have already had their app injected with this functionality.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Once users sign-in to your website using Google+ you can have it so that your app is downloaded over-the-air to their associated devices without any extra steps. Apps can tap into Google+ profiles to fill out a user account with details such as name, a profile picture, and a bio. You can give users the option of displaying various types of activities and actions performed within apps, and these posts can be controlled by users to make sure they’re not flooding their timeline.

A lot more developer-centric changes have been made to the Google Maps API, including more than 20 bug fixes. Of those 20+ fixes, half of the top 10 bugs reported in the Google Maps issue tracker have been dealt with, quite an impressive rate and things will only get better from now on. There are also new features such as circles, anti-clockwise polygons, and access to the OnMyLocationChangeListener event for even deeper access to the Maps platform.

As usual, us users won’t be seeing immediate satisfaction from these changes, but once developers get their feet wet with all the new goods introduced here you’ll be taking part in much more enjoyable user experiences, especially if you embrace Google+ with open arms like so many of us already have. Developers can find more info about all of the changes over at Google’s blog.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. i want hi-end Chromebook Pixel and hi-end Motorola Xphone.
    MADE IN USA Google.^^

    1. Okay, now double the price.

  2. No thanks.

  3. I despise when apps force you to sign on with a Facebook account, and this will be the same. Maybe even worse considering nobody that I know uses G+.

    1. It’s just another option to add to a list of existing choices.
      Now our Android apps can auto-post to G+ just like a Facebook app.
      G+ it already tightly integrated with your google/gmail services anyways.
      Nothing to see here …

    2. I don’t know why it matters. I sign into Facebook on apps and I have yet to connect to a friend. There is only ONE app that actually connected me with one Facebook friend. Heyzap. That social network gaming app.

      How many people actually go to Facebook and is all like, oh play this game with me?

      EDIT: And actually mean it and not just sending the invite? That was kinda important to add. =.P


    This is where it appears Google is heading.


    1. It’s not that hard to actually “have” a Google+ account. It’s like saying you don’t want to have an email to access the Play Store. I know people that have Gmail only because they have an Android phone. It’t not like you actually have to use the Google+ account.

      1. You’ve gotta realize some people don’t even know why they don’t want a Google+ account except for tech sites swearing its being rammed down people’s throats. Like you said people have signed up for the mandatory Gmail account to use Android even if they don’t care to use Gmail and you’ve never heard anyone complain about this.

  5. You can still sign in to many apps using just your regular Google account (openid), and not have to give up the farm with Google+ info. I NEVER EVER use the log in with FailBook / Twatter options, and I won’t start with G+ either. OpenID is good enough.

    (An app I installed just yesterday (Slice) uses Google (not +) services like this)

    1. You rather have an app have access to your email? That has more personal information than your Facebook account. =.P

      1. Only if you have the nudes in your inbox ;)

  6. *rejoices*
    Thank you!! I’ve been wondering why I’ve never seen this.

  7. Hmmm, not really liking this. I try to share my Google account ‘credentials’/access tokens with as few 3rd party sites/apps as I can, because compromising my Google account is VERY bad…..
    So not really liking the fact that more 3rd parties will be trying to connect to my account

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