May 13, 2013 04:43 PM EDT
Android Gamers Rejoice! Yes, Android now has its own game center, called Google Play Games. It was widely speculated after Noah Falstein was hired as Chief Game Designer at Android Play Studio that Google was either working on the game center or games for the Google Glass.
Now Android Police has confirmed that it’s coming, they got a copy of Google Play Services v3.1.36, a large update to the current Play Services, the app appears in the shape of a green controller called ‘Play Games’.
So the question is, what does this new game center entail? Well a non-comprehensive list of features include: “Users will be able to unlock achievements in games, view leaderboards to see high scores from other players, engage in multiplayer games with friends, and even use a matchmaking service to find new people to play with or against. There’s also support for in-game chat.”
That’s not all though, there’s a cloud sync that will allow you to save your game progress and play the game on any Android device you own. Check out the APK teardown for a more through list of features. It’ll presumably take some time for game developers to make all these new features compatible with their apps so don’t expect much from the get-go.
We stand a good chance of seeing an announcement about this at the Google I/O 2013 conference. Maybe May 15th, when Android gaming topics are discussed. Expect it around 1:55-2:35 PM when the ‘New Developments in Mobile Gaming’ session takes place. Day 1 of the conference is pretty Android game heavy, so we can reasonably expect an announcement sometime Wednesday, relevant sessions include: Practical Android Games Development, Mobile Multiplayer Made Manageable, Advanced Game Development Topics and Level Up Your Android Game.
Droid Report is covering the I/O conference so we’ll keep you posted as more developments come in.
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