Android app data sync will help your phones and tablets keep in touch

It looks like Google is getting ready to roll out an Android update that will allows users to synchronize app data across multiple devices. In other words, if you have the same game installed on your phone and tablet, you’ll be able to start a game on one device and pick up exactly where you left off on the other.

The update is part of the new Google Play Services 3.1 package. It’s not yet available to the public, but the folks at Android Police got their hands on a pre-release version and have been mining it for details. They also recently discovered Google’s Play Games social gaming service in the same set of files.

Google Play Services App Data Sync

It’ll be up to developers to take advantage of the data sync, but if they do we could see more than just saved game progress synchronized across devices. You might be able to start a movie on one device and resume where you last paused on another. Note-taking apps might be able to synchronize your grocery or to-do lists without hooking into Google Drive, Dropbox, or another app. And that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s not just good news for folks that are already using a phone and a tablet. It could also make the process of upgrading to a new phone a lot simpler, since you’ll be able to move more of your data from one device to the next.

There’s no telling when Google will start to roll out Play Services 3.1, or if the company will add or remove features before launch. But sometime around the Google I/O conference which is scheduled to start Wednesday seems like a safe bet.

Other changes in Play Services 3.1 include a new People Details sync service which ties into the Google+ social network, and sync for location data and activities. We should know more about those features once Google I/O is underway.

  • Dain Binder

    This will be extremely nice! Not sure if it will do this, but imagine having all your individual app settings/preferences sync across your devices or even remain intact after a phone factory reset. Pure bliss.

  • iceman

    This is a real game changer. Will make upgrading devices much easier.

  • Michael Thompson

    Wish I had this a while back.

    It’s a great idea. I’m looking forward to it!

  • Harlan Ramsey

    Presently android development is fast in its popularity as its varied capabilities of the app can aster user experience. Apps for Android enable for producing feature-rich apps that meet the unique demands of users.

  • calven barry

    I wish i had this now!!!
    i need to sync app data FAST FAST FAST!!!

  • Protector

    Major Privacy issue. This is defaulted to sync as soon as you adda google account. They get all your data