Gaming has never been Android’s claim to fame (despite a wide variety of quality titles), but today’s Google I/O very much saw the company giving gaming some needed attention. As part of the next release of Google Play Services, we’ll be seeing some new features come to Play Games.
First up is the arrival of the new Game Profiles, which will show what you’ve been playing lately and keep track of your achievements, all placed out there publicly for your friends to see.
Play Games already support saving games to the cloud (even if not enough titles take advantage of it), and it’s building on that ability with some new features. Specifically, users will now be able to keep track of their saved games via bookmarks, conveniently display with screenshots to help remind them of their progress.
There’s also the arrival of Quests, which let developers easily deploy new time-constraint challenges. A dev might direct users to gather so many of a certain item or complete a specific task, and they only have that day to complete it; successfully doing so will earn them recognition on their Profile. The key bit here is that devs can deploy Quests right into Play Games, without needing to release an updated version of the game itself.