Monday, May 13, 2013
Google Play Games Leak Details New Gaming Features for Android
We're just a few short days away from Google's keynote presentation at its annual developers conference, Google I/O, but that hasn't stopped one potential announcement from leaking early. Android Police has uncovered a leaked document that details Google's forthcoming Google Play Games software, a gaming platform comparable to iOS' Game Center and Xbox Live, providing multiplayer matchmaking, leaderboards, achievements, in-game chat tools, and cloud game saving services. The report aligns with prior reports, including mentions of the service in Google's MyGlass app last month.
While the company has yet to confirm or deny the rumors, Google Play Games would give Android-based gaming a long overdue leg up. Until now, the onus has been on game developers and publishers to build multiplayer and cloud saving tools of their own, fragmenting gaming experiences for players and costly for smaller games companies.
Android boss Sundar Pichai has tempered expectations for his presentation this week at Google I/O, telling Wired that the company will focus primarily on new tools for developers instead of new hardware and software platforms. Last year, Google introduced the Nexus 7 and Nexus Q, as well as the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jellybean.
Google I/O is set to begin this Wednesday, May 15th, at 9am PST. Be sure to stay tuned to IGN for all of the news from the event.
This is exciting news! It will be nice to see where they go with this Thanks guys!