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Yet for the past year Google has been bypassing that whole process through Google Play Services, a development platform that sits on top of Android on version 2.2 (Froyo) and above.
First pushed out in September 2012 with an update to the Play Store app, Google Play Services lets developers interact with Google’s services and your device through a set of APIs that live outside of the OS layer.
If you take one thing away from all this, knowing that Google decides what the service APIs are, who gets them, and when is the important part.
Google Play Services APIs underpin Google Play Game Services, which was launched at I/O 2013 and enables cloud save, achievements and leaderboards in games.
SMS integration in the Hangouts messaging app takes this a step further, allowing owners of “skinned” devices to use a Google app to handle all their messaging.
In the same way, Google last year launched the Android Device Manager, which allows users to track, remotely control and wipe their devices over the web.Just as new features and APIs can now be pushed out through Google Play Services, many of Google’s core Android apps are now updated through the Google Play Store.That’s been the case for a while, and it’s a process most Android owners are very familiar with.These days, thankfully, most of the “stock” Google apps live on the Play Store.The few notable exceptions include the Photosphere and HDR camera app, as well as the Nexus 5 launcher (at the time of writing, at least) and contacts/dialer apps.