Google To Take On Apple’s Game Center Soon, Leaks Suggest

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Android, Apple, Google, GT, IOS, Technology
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Games dominate the mobile app ecosystem.
Seriously. It’s easy to forget that as we all search for the next
big, hype-worthy app of the moment, but it’s the truth.
Eight out of the ten most purchased apps last year
were games. Nine of the ten highest grossing apps in
the App Store last year, all games. Combine this with the fact that Apple’s Game Center
was launched almost 2.5 years ago, and it’s a bit
strange that Google has yet to launch a Game
Center-esque hub of their own for Android. If a string of recent leaks hold true, they’re finally
getting around to it. The guys over at AndroidPolice tore apart a just-
released APK for “Play Services” — the behind-the-
scenes grunt app that handles things like app updates
— and have unearthed a host of details suggesting
that Google is on the verge of launching a centralized
gaming hub for Android that’ll handle everything from game invites to leaderboards. In the absence of anything more official, the hub is
tentatively being referred to as “Google Play Games”. Could this be part of the reason why Google hired
gaming industry vet Noah Falstein? While it’s not clear exactly which features will be
ready to go on day one, there are breadcrumb trails
for all sorts of different functionality. Here’s what Play Games appears to be able to do: Game invites. For now, it seems that the invite
system is pretty closely tied to Google+. Matchmaking Save syncing (to maintain your game saves between
devices and installs) There’s some stuff in there for both real-time and
turnbased multiplayer, suggesting that Google might
be taking some of the weight of making a multiplayer
game off the developer. In-Game chat Achievements Leaderboards
None of this stuff works at the moment, as the hacked-apart APK only contains a small chunk of the
puzzle. With Google I/O just days away, however,
you can almost certainly expect to hear more about
this next week.

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