The Google Maps API team maintains many Google Maps APIs and SDKs. Manually tracking updates across the various sets of Release Notes presents a challenge for developers. Google now offers auto-updates to Maps Release Notes via RSS feeds. RSS feeds for all Maps and Places APIs are available.
Google was pleased to announced new LocationServices APIs within release 11 of its Google Play services SDK. The new APIs greatly reduce the number of manual steps required by code to use certain location services. The new APIs automate many tasks and lessens the chance of errors.