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Google Plans to Release a Rival to Apple’s Game Centre


Games are a massive part of the mobile app world the top spots in the various app stores are always being snatched up by the Angry Birds and the Doodle Jumps of the world, it then makes sense to tie them all together for achievements and such. The statistics do back this theory up, Eight out of the ten most downloaded apps last year were in fact games.

Apple’s Game Center was launched two and a half years ago and Google hasn’t launched a competitor to this service on their Android platform, which is strange because they have recently been trying to make the Play Store experience a lot more enjoyable to be in rather than going to third party options.

It’s Hidden in the Code

There has been a series of leaks that indicate Google have their own answer to the lack of a unified Game Center like hub, there is some hints to the feature in Androids Play Services that handle updates and such. The code indicated that the in Game Center thing will include the ability to invite friends to games and leaderboards.

There hasn’t been any official statement from Google about the mobile gaming hub but it has been dubbed by the people that have seen the code as “Google Play Games”. The service could also be the reason why Google hired Noah Falstein veteran games designer  not long ago.

The Features

The full list of rumoured feature that the service is supposed to have include:

  • Matchmaking
  • Synced Saves (So you can pick up where you left off on any Android device)
  • In Game chat
  • Achievments
  • Leaderboards

Google could wait for there conference Google I/O to announce the service officially, since none of the piece of code discover actually work they simply allude to the fact that the service is coming.

Source – TechCrunch

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