Earlier this month we found out that Google had hired its first Chief Games Designer in the shape of industry veteran Noah Falstein. Also at the same time an APK teardown of the MyGlass app revealed something new – a Google Games Service.
Now we have learned a lot more about this games service thanks to the leak of a new version of the Google Play Store and Google Services analysed by Android Police. We expect that this new facet of Google Play, set to rival the iOS Game Centre, will be revealed in full during the Google I/O developer conference held in San Francisco on 15th to 17th May.
So a new “Play Games” section will appear in the Play Store - with game apps so popular on Android it’s about time. According to the Android Police teardown of “Google Play Services v3.1.36” the following services are included:
- Synced Game Saves – playing games across devices should be improved by allowing you to continue a game on another device
- Icon Badges – for company branding#
- Matchmaking and Invites – for multiplayer of course
- In Game Chat
- Achievements – you know the score
- Scoring and Leaderboards – all time, this week, today, in my circles and many others
Ron Amadeo from Android Police, who wrote about all these newly discovered features, said this APK teardown has revealed a great deal but there are definitely some components of this gaming services system which are yet to be released, or leaked, as the system isn’t working now. He speculates that this is possibly due to servers not being activated yet – Google doesn’t expect anyone to have or use these apps until after the I/O conference.
These new Google Play Games services are all welcome additions for gamers on Android and will be especially good for people who will play games across multiple Android devices; smartphone, tablet and GameStick for example.