Google Play Games: Revealed

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Last month’s discovery of the framework for a new Google Play Android gaming service made it look like this project was just about to launch. Many of the pieces seemed to be in place, and all we needed was for Google to go official with it all (possibly at Google I/O). Since then we’ve heard some less-than-convincing stabs at a name for the system, but today it looks like we can finally confirm that it will arrive, simply, as Google Play Games.

Sure enough, it looks like the missing pieces to Play Games will arrive with the next big Google Play Services update. Android Police managed to get an early look, and the framework from before is even more fleshed-out; there’s now a Play Games settings app, and resource files for the system’s graphics.

All the old stuff we heard about is still present – matchmaking, leaderboards, and the like – but the biggest deal for many users, especially those juggling multiple devices, is that this looks like it just might introduce cloud-based saved game sync. That one’s been a long time coming, so we can’t wait for Google to finally take the lid off and give Play Games a formal unveiling.

Source: Android Police

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